If your child is unwell, please seek help!
It is really important to realise that not every unwell child has COVID-19. If your child is unwell, please seek help. Remember that NHS 111, GP's and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done
Top tips – winter illness for your child
Birmingham Children’s Hospital has produced some videos and resources for winter illness top tips, which you can access here. Please feel free to use these resources as you see necessary.
Medical help and advice for families with young children
At this challenging time, it is extremely important for you to know that COVID-19 is unlikely to make your child unwell. Like everyone else your child needs follow the same message – to stay at home.
However, all the ‘normal’ illnesses that can make children severely unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professional even if they are unwell, due to concerns about COVID-19.
GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done for children. If you are not sure if your child is unwell and whether they need to be seen:
- Look online for advice click here
- For information about crying babies click here
- Call your GP – Karis Medical Centre is open as normal and a clinician will triage your call
- Call 111
- If your child appears severely unwell and advice is not quickly available call 999 or take them to Accident and Emergency Department at hospital as you would in other times
Information for concerns about your child’s mental health
Pubilic Health England advice:
- CLICK HERE: Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
For practical support due to self isolation or illness, the Ladywood Helpers group is a community volunteers organisation which has been set up to provide help – from food parcel deliveries, money advice, prescription pick ups or a simple phone call or text.