Kids Tips

: Green snot does not mean your kid needs antibiotics (mostly viruses) - using antibiotics unnecessarily makes them less effective.

: If your child has an allergy (e.g. food) check out the website for reliable information & advice!

: Up to 10% of symptoms have no medical explanation. Doesn't mean your child is 'making it up'. To them it might be very real!

: Symptoms of urine infection vary but include fever, vomiting, tummy pain, wee-ing frequently, pain on wee-ing, smelly wee etc.

: Urine infections are more common in children than people think - more so in girls. Hygiene & avoiding constipation are important.

: Diagnosis of ADHD in children should be made by a specialist. Medication is only one of the treatments - and NOT first line.

: New childhood flu vaccination programme starts later this year - nasal spray so no needles! Offered to 2-3 year olds first.

: Struggling to get fluids into your kids? Try ice-lollies and jelly - keeps them cool and full of fluid!

: High chance of sun/heatstroke in this weather especially little ones - take breaks from the sun, cool down & drink plenty!

: Lice will live on ANY type of hair, clean or not. Here's some more info...

: Nits are catchy, but they cannot fly, jump or swim - they spread easily by close contact. They are really common in kids!

: Wet-combing is easier and probably more effective than dry-combing for nits. Make sure you use plenty of conditioner to do it!

: Getting rid of headlice needs repeated wet/dry combing several times a week to remove properly. Shampoos/lotions not essential.

: My preferred treatment combo for chicken pox - rest, paracetamol, Eurax cream, jelly and ice-cream! 

: One dose of MMR vaccine provides good protection, 2 doses is even better - make sure you get all the doses you need!

: The best way to prevent measles is staying away from those affected & getting MMR jab. Speak to your GP if worried or to get jab.

: Although it makes them feel awful, most kids will recover. However, it can be serious, e.g. meningitis, pneumonia.

: Measles is a highly infectious viral illness. Features include: cold-like symptoms, rash, fever, red eyes & spots in mouth.

: Many small children get wheezy with colds/chest infections - may not be asthma but treatment is the same.

: If your kid has a bad asthma/wheeze attack then give 10 puffs of blue inhaler (via spacer) and seek medical advice.

: Dramatic changes in weather can play havoc with kids' asthma - make sure you have inhalers on stand-by and start them early!

: Online & over-the-counter private allergy/intolerance kits are often inaccurate & misleading - should be diagnosed by doctor.

: Only 5% of kids actually have a true food allergy - this is why it is important to get diagnosis from a medical professional.

: In some instances antibiotics can prevent great harm & are lifesaving - on these occasions it is important to take them properly!

: Most coughs & colds are caused by viruses - the body is more than capable of fighting these off! Antibiotics don't work!

: Grieving children need support just as parents do. Check out  which is a great resource for those in need.

: If your child has speech & communication problems why not check out  - has lots of stuff for parents & practitioners.

: If new meningococcus B vaccine is introduced it will hopefully reduce the risk even further - group B is currently biggest cause.

: The current UK vaccination schedule already reduces chances of meningitis from meningococcus group A, HiB, pneumococcus & MMR.

: 'Slap cheek' in kids is caused by a virus. Usually self-limiting. Best to keep them away from pregnant women as can be harmful.

: The best time to toilet-train is actually between 18 months to 2 years. Good evidence it helps prevent problems in later life!

: Did you know constipation can cause urine infections in kids? Because they don't empty bladder properly. Treating it can help!

: There is NO good evidence that MMR causes autism. Unfortunately media hype has caused a lot of misunderstanding/misinformation.

: Autistic kids have problems in 3 areas: social interaction, communication & imagination. Diagnosis is hard & needs specialist.

: If you are unsure about whether you/your kid has been properly vaccinated then speak to your GP to check or have them done.

: Vaccination not only protects your own child but those around them that are vulnerable (ESPECIALLY BABIES) - AKA herd immunity.

: Best protection against whooping cough is vaccination (at 2, 3 & 4 months). If you have caught it then treatment is antibiotics.

: Whooping cough causes severe fits of coughing (and may have a gasp/whoop after as they breathe in). Can be serious in small kids.

: Most kids who develop a stammer grow out of it. Ask for referral to Speech & language Therapist or visit 

: A must for every little mite who has chicken pox... Eurax! Really helps with the itch!

: Febrile convulsions are not epilepsy. Most kids grow out of them by age 5. Getting fever under control may help.

: Febrile convulsions are fits in response to high fever - only happen in small minority of kids. Scary but not harmful!

: Little red spots on hands, feet & sores in mouth? Could be hand, foot & mouth disease! Rest, fluids & paracetamol helps.

: We still see FAR too many kids with accidental burns injuries - PLEASE keep hot drinks/items out of reach of kids!

: Unusual or excessive bruising/bleeding? Get it checked by a doc as could be a sign of underlying blood disorder.

: Terrifed of needles? Ask whether you can have numbing cream or cold spray. Not always suitable but can really help! Useful in adults too!

: It's OK to delay immunisations temporarily if your kid is unwell - just remember to book them in as soon as they are better!

: NEVER leave small children unattended in the bath - they can drown in a couple of minutes, even in shallow water.

: If your child has simple chicken pox there is no need to see a doctor - unless they are very unwell/spots look infected/baby.

: It's normal for kids to lose a bit of weight when they are sick - they regain it when better. Persistent loss - get checked.

: If your child has a burn, cool it with cold water & wrap it in cling film to help the pain. Always takt to A&E!

: If you are significantly allergic to something you may be given an emergency Epipen - important to have at home & school.

: Skin-prick testing is a good start to testing for allergy. Sometimes need to move onto blood tests to confirm/test further.

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: Diagnosing leukaemia requires a blood test & bone marrow test. It is treated with chemotherapy - can be very successful.

: Signs of leukaemia are non-specific & can include anaemia, excessive bruising/bleeding & recurrent infections.

: Leukaemia (cancer of the white blood cells) is the most common childhood cancer #CancerAwarenessWeek

: 'Toddler's diarrhoea' is a common ause of persistent diarrhoea in small children. It's harmless & gets better by itself.

: Did you know some kids get 'tummy migraines' which may be helped with medicine?

: If your kid has problems with weight gain & has tummy trouble after eating gluten, ask doc about coeliac disease.

: If your kid has a delay in developing speech make sure they have had their hearing checked.

: If your kid has a tummy bug lay off the solids temprarily & give small ammounts of fluid frequently - ideally Dioralyte.

: Troublesome eczema? Use Oilatum in the bath and use Diprobase & E45 liberally throughout the day. See your GP if no better.

: Trouble sleeping? Bedtime routine, right sleep 'environment', be calm & quickly reassure if wakes, speak to HV if persists.

: Scared of needles? Check out my blog!

: There is NO proof that homeopathy for children works. It should not be used as a substitute for conventioanl medicine.

: Heat stroke happens in the UK too! Make sure your kid drinks plenty & takes regular breaks from the sun.

: Having trouble getting your kid to sleep? Read my blog!

: If your kid bumps its head look out for vomiting, unusual drowsiness, abnormal movement or behaviour. Got to doc if worried.

: Smoking around children will make their asthma worse. Even if you smoke outside you carry it on your clothes. Give up!

: Kids may get a transient lactose intolerance after a tummy bug - usually settles with time and watching milk intake.

: Measles is on the increase worldwide - there is NO evidence the MMR vaccine causes autisim or bowel problems. Get it done!

: Treat constipation EARLY to prevent getting into a vicious cycle - plenty of fibre, fluid, fruit & get some Lactulose.

: If constipation is proving difficult to treat then ask your GP about Movicol for kids - there's an adult formulation too!

: When taking kids on planes feed them during take-off & landing to help their ears 'pop'. Take boiled sweets for older ones.

: If your kid has trouble sleeping on flights then ask GP for a dose of Phenergen or Piriton - always read the label first!

: A dose of Calpol also goes a long way to helping kids stay comfortable on flights - again read the label first.

: My top tip of the day - MAKE SURE you get the MMR jab. It saves lives and does not cause autism/bowel disease.

: Did you know smoking around kids increase their chance of getting chest infections, ear infections and MENINGITIS?

: Confused about food allergies? Check my blog!

: The majority of tummy bugs are viral, get better with simple rehydration, and don't need antibiotics!

: If your kiddy has a tummy bug and there is blood in the poo - go and see your doctor to get it tested.

: If your child has chicken pox it is better to use paracetamol rather than ibuprofen for pain/temperature control.

: If your little one has chicken pox & develops breathing problems go to A&E - it can sometimes cause a chest infection.

: Diabetes can run in families & kids can get it. Lots of different 'types' but all because the body not able to handle sugar.

: Down Syndrome is a genetic condition resulting from an imbalance of chromosome material - usually extra chromosome 21.

: All kids with Down Syndrome need regular checks for hearing, development & thyroid. Long term they are also at risk of leukaemia.

: Although it is a life-limiting condition, with the right support kids with Down Syndrome can lead happy, healthy lives.

: Do you have to try to fight a fever? No because it can be helpful! Unless your kid is distressed by it or it is over 40'C.

: Best first live for fever is paracetamol (Calpol). You can swtich to or add in ibuprofen (Nurofen). Always read the label!

: If your kid is under 3 months old & has a fever ALWAYS get them checked by a doctor.

: If your child won't eat/drink, look inside their mouth for sores/ulcers - can be helped with some numbing spray.

: Is your kid eating weird stuff like dirt? Could be something called Pica which can be a sign of deficiency - get it checked.