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For Parents - A Special Covid Message

FOR PARENTS - A SPECIAL COVID MESSAGE

When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. Here is some guidance

YOU SHOULD GO TO A&E AND/OR CALL 999 IMMEDIATELY IF

APPEARANCE

  • Pale/mottled/ashen/blue colour
  • Collapsed/unresponsive/loss of consciousness
  • No obvious pulse or heartbeat
  • Severe allergic reaction

BEHAVIOUR

  • Extreme irritability/pain/sleepiness(can be woken but falls asleep immediately)
  • Seizure/jerking movements/fit

BREATHING

  • Sucking in and out between ribs
  • Flaring nostrils
  • Extremely fast breathing
  • Noisy breathing

OTHER

  • Bleeding from an injury, that doesn't stop after10 minutes of pressure

YOU SHOULD GO TO A&E IF

APPEARANCE

  • Dizziness/feeling faint
  • Rash that does not fade when you press it

BEHAVIOUR

  • Severe constant tummy pain

OTHER

  • Burn
  • Possible broken bone
  • Swallowed foreign objects (especially magnets/batteries)
  • Temperature higher than 38°C in a babyyounger than three months old
  • Your child has special health care needs andyou have a plan that tells you to go to A&E
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Expressing suicidal/significant selfharm thoughts

YOU SHOULD CALL YOUR GP IF

APPEARANCE

  • Mild/mod allergic reaction (known or suspected)
  • New rash that fades when you press on it

BREATHING

  • Wheezing/fast breathing

BEHAVIOUR

  • Mild irritability/sleepier than normal
  • Severe tummy pain that comes and goes
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Not passed urine for more than 12 hours

OTHER

  • Temperature >39°C (age 3-12 months)
  • Temperature over 38°C for more than 7 days
  • Accidental overdose of medication or other substances
  • Ear pain for more than 2 days
  • Emotional distress, that can't be reassured

YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH 111 OR YOUR COMMUNITY PHARMACIST IF

APPEARANCE

  • Pink eyes/red eyes

BEHAVIOUR

  • Ear pain for less than 2 days
  • Mild tummy pain that comes and goes

BREATHING

  • Cough
  • Runny nose

OTHER

  • Temperature over 38°C for less than 7 days

FOR ADVICE ON COVID-19 AND CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES / INJURIES VISIT: WWW.NHS.UK

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