Children’s health

  • Coughs in children

    This leaflet contains information about how to look after a child who has a cough (not due to asthma).

    Coughs in Children (PDF)

  • Children’s Eczema

    An NHS nurse was asked what advice they’d give to parents of children with Eczema – and this is what they said.

    Eczema in Children (PDF)

  • Infant feeding

    All babies feed differently and they will all have their different habits and patterns. Here is a leaflet explaining some of the main feeding problems and also some links with weaning advice to reduce or prevent allergies developing.

    Infant Feeding leaflet (PDF)

    Full Early Feeding and Allergy Prevention Guidance for Parents

    Summary Early Feeding and Allergy
    Prevention Guidance

    BSACI Website on Early Feeding

  • M-Thrive

    M-Thrive is a community emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people.
    See the M-Thrive Leaflet (PDF) for more information.

    Kath Locke Centre, 123 Moss Lane East, Hulme, Manchester M15 5DD

    0161 455 0211 ext 811


  • The Little Orange Book

    A complete guide to all childhood illnesses, what to do when, and who best to turn to if you need advice. An absolute must-read for every parent of young children.

    Little orange book (PDF)

  • Happy Maps

    A useful collection of mental health resources for children and their families.

    Happy Maps

  • Is my child too ill for school?

    When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. These simple guidelines should help.

    NHS: Is my child too ill for school?

  • Children’s centres

    There are a number of children’s centres across Manchester that offer a variety of friendly activities, events, help and support to families of children aged 0 to 5 years with advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families, baby massage sessions, breastfeeding support, stay and play opportunities.

    Find your nearest children’s centre

  • Early help

    Every family has its ups and downs. Being a parent is hard work and there is nothing to be ashamed of in asking for help. Manchester’s Early Help service could help in a number of ways. Just talk to your GP, Health Visitor or other professional working with your family for a referral, or view the following information.

    Early Help

  • Health Visitors

    Manchester Health Visiting Service offers comprehensive advice and support to parents and carers of children from pre-birth to four and a half years. A health visitor is a registered nurse or midwife with specialist additional qualifications in child, family and public health who offers a range of advice and information on feeding, parenting skills, sleeping and healthy eating and a whole lot more.

    NHS: Manchester health visiting service

  • Child vaccinations (immunisations)

    One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. Please talk to your GP, Practice Nurse, or Health Visitor if you have any questions or worries about vaccinations.
    Most of the routine childhood vaccinations are given at the practice by the Practice Nurse. Please bring your child’s Red Book when you come to an appointment. Children in Manchester are also routinely offered the BCG vaccination shortly after birth to protect against tuberculosis – you will be invited by the Health Visitor service for this.

    See the NHS Vaccination Schedule

    Manchester Choose Well information

    Vaccine Knowledge Project

  • Common childhood illnesses

    All children experience common illnesses like coughs, colds and chickenpox and having a fever is often a normal part of this.
    Treating your child’s illness yourself or with advice and medicines from your local pharmacy can often be the easiest and quickest way to help your child feel better. Be prepared by keeping at home what you need, for example paracetamol, a digital thermometer and plasters.
    Antibiotics are not needed for every illness and using them unnecessarily means they are less likely to work when we need them and could expose your child to side effects.

    Chicken Pox

    Diarrhoea and vomiting

    Hand Foot and Mouth Disease


    Slapped Cheek Syndrome

    Childhood illness visual guide

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