Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Expert Advice on Helping Babies and Young Children When They're Poorly; Our Babies and Children Are Very Precious to Us. When They're Unwell, We Worry about What's Wrong and What We Can Do to Help Them Get Better as Soon as Possible

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Expert Advice on Helping Babies and Young Children When They're Poorly; Our Babies and Children Are Very Precious to Us. When They're Unwell, We Worry about What's Wrong and What We Can Do to Help Them Get Better as Soon as Possible

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To help parents and carers understand more about the most common illnesses and problems that babies and young children experience in their early years, child health experts in Newcastle and Gateshead have produced a handy guide called The Little Orange Book.

With visual and written guidance and 'top tips' for common childhood illness, the book's aim is to help parents/carers to be more confident to care for their children at home, and to know when to seek professional help. It also gives information on less common but more serious conditions, and what to do.

The Little Orange Book was developed by the Children's Team at Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, including clinical input from Dr David Jones and Dr Kate Cushing, both local GPs. Dr Cushing, who also has specialist training in paediatrics, explains: "In the last couple of years I have been working with emergency medicine colleagues at the RVI's Accident and Emergency Department, seeing patients referred for my attention.

"I see many babies and young children, and my experience there, together with daily consultations at my GP practice, has shown me that many parents simply want their child to be seen quickly, treated if necessary, and have peace of mind that everything is ok.

"The same health problems and worries came up time and time again, and it made me realise that what many parents would really find useful is an easy to use reference guide containing detailed information on how to care for your child when poorly".

The Little Orange Book has a helpful traffic light chart based on NICE guidance which will help you quickly and easily identify if your child is more likely to be at: Low risk (Green), Middle risk (Amber) or Higher risk (Red) of serious illness It gives advice on the hot/feverish child, coughs, colds and noisy breathing, eye and ear problems, rashes, constipation and many other conditions.

It also includes sections on First Aid and more serious conditions such as meningitis and sepsis including photographs of the meningitis rash. The First Aid section was developed in conjunction with Paediatricians from Newcastle's Great North Children's Hospital and includes what to do if your child suffers burns and scalds, and when to know if something your child swallows is dangerous or not. …

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