Recognition of the sick child and their subsequent management is a vital skill for
healthcare professionals. Whilst there’s a wealth of information that’s available
we’ve drawn together some key sites to get you started.
All parents find out that children are often unwell. On average a young child will
be unwell 7-10 times a year sometimes more if they or their siblings attend nursery
or child care. Fortunately in the UK most are self limiting viral illnesses which
are easily managed at home and cause no long term harm.
Unfortunately there are some serious diseases like meningitis that may initially
present with symptoms similar to more minor illnesses but rapidly progress to become
life threatening. The key to survival from such serious illness is early diagnosis
and treatment. Parents soon become experts in their children’s health and should
have confidence in trusting their instincts and telling health care professionals
of their fears or worries.
Learning about the symptoms and signs of serious childhood diseases will help you
have the confidence to take the first vital step of seeking medical advice or seeking
further advice if your child becomes more unwell after an initial assessment.
There are many excellent symptom guide resources on the internet here are two of
Further information about immunisation should be sought from your own doctor or health
visitor. However, there is not at present a vaccine that covers all types of meningitis
so awareness of the disease is still important.
There are a number of ways that you can contact us or keep tabs on what we’re doing.