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Child health app offers parents health advice at their fingertips

Parents and carers across mid Essex can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help look after their children’s health.

The free Mid Essex Child Health app is designed to help parents and carers of children aged from birth to 11 years recognise when their child is unwell; offering handy advice on some of the most common childhood illnesses and where to seek further treatment, including information signposting to the relevant local services.

The app is available for download now on smartphones and tablets from the Google Play Store by searching ‘Mid Essex Child Health’. It will also be available from Apple’s App Store within the coming weeks.

Local GP and Chair of Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Anna Davey said:  “When a child falls ill, a lot of parents naturally become very anxious and unsure about what they should do or which health service to access. The Mid Essex Child Health app is a great way for parents and carers to access really important information about common childhood illnesses, at any time from their smart phone or tablet.

“We hope this app empowers parents and carers in caring for their unwell child, and to find the right support where and when they need it.”

Dr. Manas Datta, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Director of Children’s Services at Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust said:  “I know parents generally don’t want bring their children into A&E unless it’s absolutely necessary – but often they end up there because they are not sure what else to do. I hope this app will give parents more confidence in dealing with the more minor conditions themselves at home and know when it is best to seek help from our emergency department.”

Conditions covered within the app include:

  • Coughs, colds and flu
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Chicken pox and measles
  • Earache and tonsillitis
  • Wheezing and breathing difficulties including bronchiolitis and asthma
  • Headlice, threadworms
  •  Bumps, bruises and accidents

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