Health Advice for Parents

Find advice for common health conditions in children on this page

Parents choose well

There are a large number of services and facilities in place to help support you and your child when ill. This can lead to some confusion around which service would be best to go to for advice, guidance and treatment.

The NHS website has a dedicated webpage that is designed to guide you to the best possible service locally and therefore helping you to select the most appropriate treatment option available.

We have also designed a leaflet to support you in making decisions about where to go for care. The leaflet gives a list of common illnesses and points you towards the best service to help with treatment and management of symptoms. Click the link below to download the leaflet: 

pdf Stay Well, helping parents choose the right service (642 KB)

If you have any doubt about where you should go for urgent care, you can call NHS 111. The call handler will ask a number of questions to help direct you to the most appropriate service for your needs. 

If your child’s condition deteriorates seek medical advice immediately.

Information Sheets for parents

NHS organisations in Mid and South Essex have come together to provide a guide to three common childhood health issues that parents can use to self-treat, visit their GP, or call NHS111 and know what to do in an emergency. The three illnesses are:

Living Well in Pregnancy Guide

The Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has put together a guide to help you through pregnacny. It promotes wellbeing and healthy lifestyles right from the start and what to do when your baby is ill.

Use this resource to learn how to care for your baby at home, when to call your GP, when to discuss with your midwife, health visitor or pharmacist and when to contact the emergency services.

pdf Live Well in Pregnancy Guide (3.72 MB)

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