Childhood Illnesses

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Childhood Illness and Wellbeing Handbook

Local parents, grandparents and carers across mid Essex are now able to seek guidance from a new advice booklet for when their child becomes ill.

The Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing handbook is an extensive and informative guide for anyone who cares for a child aged from birth to 11 years old. It gives advice on how to spot signs of illness and what to do for minor conditions such as coughs and colds, fever, dry skin and rashes, chicken pox, bumps and bruises.

Information on mental health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and advice on some more serious conditions like meningitis and sepsis is also covered in the booklet. There’s also a handy section on when you should keep your child home from school.

pdf Mid Essex Common Childhood Illness and Wellbeing Handbook (4.69 MB)


Childhood Illness Events

When a child falls ill, a lot of parents and carers naturally become very anxious and unsure about what they should do or which health service to access.

Our childhood illness events are run by local GPs and Community Pharmacists aim to help local parents feel more in control and to feel supported. We want parents, grandparents and carers to know the signs to look out for connected to some of the more common childhood illnesses and what to do for help and support if they need it.

Feedback from the events showed that 100% of parents who attended would recommend the workshops to others with 86% scoring them between 8 and 10 (out of 10) for usefulness.

Comments from parents included:

“Interactive and relaxed, opportunity to ask questions to a range of professionals”

“It was great that the workshop was interactive. The professionals were very human”

“Excellent opportunity to hear from a GP, Pharmacist and 111 staff about services they provide and the scenarios that could trigger their support”

The next phase of workshops will be held later this year. 


Sepsis: act quickly if you suspect a child may be suffering from sepsis

A new sepsis campaign has been launched to help parents spot the symptoms to protect young children and save lives. Click here for more information.

Under 18s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service

Since 1 November 2015, all Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Southend, Essex and Thurrock are now known as the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people. The service is being provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

Find out more about EWMHS