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Health Advice for Parents

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Having an ill child or dealing with a minor injury can be daunting, but parents are often in the best position to help their child get better quickly.  Understanding more about common childhood injuries or illnesses can help you decide what to do.

In all cases, if you are still worried about your child after caring for them at home, get further advice from your GP surgery or by calling NHS 111. In an emergency situation, dial 999 for an ambulance.

Signs of possible serious illness:

  • Your child is very drowsy or irritable and doesn’t improve after taking paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Your child has problems breathing – e.g. rapid breaths, short of breath or ’working hard’ to breathe (which sometimes looks as though the skin below the ribs gets sucked in when they inhale).
  • Cold or discoloured hands or feet with a warm body.
  • Unusual skin colour (pale or blue around lips)
  • Persistent high temperature (40c or above) which does not come down with treatment.
  • An infant who is not feeding or any child showing signs of dehydration.

 

Your pregnancy and baby guide

Here you can find wide ranging and reliable advice from NHS Choices on whatever you may want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-and-baby-care.aspx

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Medical advice for parents thinking about circumcision for their son for religious reasons

Circumcision, like any other operation, is safest in a clinic or hospital setting - not at home. A suitably qualified and trained health professional should perform the procedure to modern standards of sterility and expertise.

The NHS does not fund male circumcision unless there is a medical reason. You will need to approach a private healthcare professional who will charge a fee. As with many decisions, it is good to get recommendations from friends and neighbours as well as talking to your doctor.

For more information please see our Medical advice for parents thinking about circumcision information leaflet.

Further information is also available on the NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Circumcision/Pages/Introduction.aspx.

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