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Looking after your ill child

Every child gets ill occasionally and every parent has had that feeling of anxiety as they see their normally cheerful child looking sad and listless.

Most bouts of illness pass quickly and leave children better able to resist the next attack. Sometimes, if the illness or accident is serious, immediate (and possibly long-term) help is needed.

This section deals with common childhood illnesses and accidents, the best ways to prevent them, and the action to take in an emergency.


We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.