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Childhood illness guidance booklet

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

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG has developed these booklets so that they are now available as an interactive electronic web-based version on the CCG website.

This electronic version is available at:

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 web address into the internet browser on these devices.

Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer of NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, said: “This is an extremely informative and beneficial resource for all parents on how to deal with the most common illnesses in young children. A lot of hard work and effort has gone into producing this but it has been extremely worthwhile and parents will certainly benefit from this excellent resource.”

For any further information or details about the Common Childhood Illnesses resources please contact Lauren Martin, Service Transformation Manager – Children and Young People on 07557034095 or email lauren.martin@blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk.