A parent's guide from birth to five and beyond

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This resource has been put together by NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group.

Every parent or carer wants what is best for their growing baby and to give them the best start in life. You can use this resource to help you know what to do when your baby/child is ill. Learn how to care for your child at home, when to seek advice from a health visitor/call a doctor and when to contact emergency services.

Most issues are simply an everyday part of growing up, often helped by a chat with your midwife or health visitor. Almost all babies, toddlers and children will get common childhood illnesses like chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear infections. While these are not very nice at the time they are easily treated at home with support from your GP or health visitor rather than going to A&E.

If you are worried you must get further advice - you know your child best - trust your instincts.

Who can help?