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Child Health

 

HANDi children and young people’s app

The HANDi Paediatric app gives up-to-date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them. Developed by NHS organisations in Devon, the HANDi Paediatric app is available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.

The app has been designed to help reduce the number of children and young people who visit the Emergency Department (ED), but need no treatment.

 

Advice for common childhood conditions

The app has been developed by paediatric consultants and provides access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, for the most common childhood health care conditions:

  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • ‘Chesty baby’ illnesses, such as bronchiolitis, asthma and croup
  • ‘Chesty child’ illnesses, such as wheezing and asthma
  • High temperature
  • Abdominal pain
  • Common newborn problems

 

Vaccinations

This guide can help you understand the vaccines offered in the UK and when to have them. It also explains how they work and why they’re safe and important. There’s separate information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel vaccinations.

View the NHS Vaccination Page

 

Fever in Children

A fever is a high temperature. As a general rule, in children, a temperature of over 38.0C (100.4F) is a fever. A high temperature is the body’s natural response to fighting infections like coughs and colds.

Many things can cause a high temperature in children, from common childhood illnesses like chickenpox and tonsillitis, to vaccinations.

View the NHS Fever in Children Page

 

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that can affect young children.

The 1st signs of hand, foot and mouth disease can be:

  • a sore throat
  • a high temperature
  • not wanting to eat

The 2nd stage usually starts a few days later and can include:

  • mouth ulcers, which can be painful
  • a raised rash of spots on the hands and feet, and sometimes the thighs and bottom

The rash of spots can look pink, red, or darker than the surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone.

The spots can turn into blisters, which might be grey or lighter than the surrounding skin and can be painful.

The symptoms are usually the same in adults and children, but can be worse in babies and children under 5.

View the NHS Hand-foot-and-mouth-disease page

 

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Slapped cheek syndrome is a viral infection that’s most common in children, It usually causes a bright red rash to develop on the cheeks. Find out more

 

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. Find out more

 

Headlice

Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. They’re particularly common in children. Find out more

 

Further information

From warts and measles to chickenpox and tonsillitis, find out how to recognise some of the most common childhood conditions NHS – Childhood Illness