Common Childhood Illness

This resource has been put together by Newham Council, Children’s Health 0-19 Service.

Every parent or carer wants what is best for their growing baby and to give them the best start in life. You can use this resource to help you know what to do when your baby/child is unwell, learn how to care for your child at home and when to seek advice from a health visitor, call a doctor, contact NHS111 and emergency services. 

Most issues are simply an everyday part of growing up, often helped by a chat with your midwife or health visitor. Almost all babies, toddlers and children will get common childhood illnesses like chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear infections. While these are not very nice at the time they are easily treated at home with support from your health visitor or GP rather than going to A&E.

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Last updated: 08/02/2024

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