Parents' guide to common childhood illnesses

Date: 3 Jul 2014

Category: Your Health and Local Services

Parents' guide to common childhood illnesses including bronchiolitis, chickenpox, croup, sore throats, fevers and feverish illnesses, diarrhoea and vomiting, head injury, soft tissue injury and febrile convulsions. 

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Parents' guide to bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a viral infection affecting the small airways of the lungs and is usually caused by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).

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Parents' guide to chickenpox

Before the rash appears, your child may have some mild flu–like symptoms, including feeling sick, a high temperature, aching muscles, headache, feeling generally unwell and loss of appetite

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Parents' guide to croup

Croup usually starts with a mild fever and runny nose which progresses to a sore throat, hoarse voice and a harsh barking cough.

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Parents' guide to a sore throat

What causes a sore throat, what is the treatmen, when to contact your GP

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Parents' guide to a feverish illness

A fever in a child means a temperature of over 38°C. Fevers are usually the result of viral infections that cause coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections

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Parents' guide to diarrhoea and vomiting

It is an infection of the stomach which causes diarrhoea (runny, watery poo) and often vomiting with some tummy ache and fever.

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Parents' guide to head injury

When to seek medical attention following a head injury, what to expect after a head injury and looking after your child following a head injury

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Parents' guide to soft tissue injury

What is a soft tissue injury? What can be done to prevent further injury? How long will it take to heal?

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Parents' guide to febrile convulsions

A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure which can happen in some children when they have illnesses such as a cold and are usually associated with a high temperature (fever) above 39ºC.