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Guidance for Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers of children will be able to seek guidance from a comprehensive new advice booklet when their child becomes ill.

The Common Childhood Illnesses handbook is an extensive and informative guide for Parents and Carers of children, from birth to five years old, to use when assessing and managing their children with minor conditions such as:

  • Teething problems
  • Dry skin and rashes
  • Ear problems
  • Fever
  • Chicken pox and measles
  • Bumps and bruises
  • Coughs and colds

Every Parent or Carer wants to know what to do when a child is ill – this handbook can be used to learn how to care for a child at home, when to call a Doctor and when to contact Emergency Services alongside other useful local information and contacts.

The Common Childhood Illnesses booklet is a comprehensive resource that provides advice and guidance on how to safely manage common childhood illnesses and when and where to seek support and help from health services.

The booklet is a guide for parents and carers of children and has been developed in conjunction with Lancashire County Council to incorporate local messages and contact details. It is also part of a wider NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) strategy to reduce hospital attendances and admissions for paediatric patients.

NHS East Lancashire CCG has invested further and has developed these booklets so that they are now available as an interactive electronic web-based version to be hosted on the NHS East Lancashire CCG website.

Click on the image to visit the East Lancs CCG website:


You can also click on the link below the download this booklet on PDF:

A Guide for Parents and Carers on Common Childhood Illnesses & Well-Being Booklet

The electronic version of the booklet has been developed so that it is compatible with Smart Phones and Tablet devices and is available in both Flash and HTML versions. This can be accessed by typing the above email address into the internet browser on these devices.

Dr Mike Ions, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS East Lancashire CCG, added:

“It can often be confusing what to do when your child becomes ill, but this booklet offers some excellent guidance to help parents assess and manage many of the common illnesses which children will encounter at some point throughout their early childhood. By following the guidance set out in this handbook, unnecessary and distressing visits to a doctor and or hospital for a child can be avoided.”

 For any further information or details about Common Childhood Illnesses resources, please contact Steve Flynn, Service Transformation Manager – Paediatrics:

Tel: 01282 644 584
Email: [email protected]


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