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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.

 Mid Essex Child Health App

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:

by searching ‘Mid Essex Child Health’. It will also be available from Apple’s App Store in 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.

The app is also available as a booklet by visiting https://midessexccg.nhs.uk/livewell/startwell.

Workshops

We will also be hosting a series of free workshops to help those caring for children across mid Essex spot common illnesses in their children and advise on how to care for them.

Run by local GP’s and community pharmacists the workshops will walk parents, carers and grandparents through common scenarios such as cold and flu, respiratory conditions such as bronchiolitis, diarrhoea and vomiting and provide practical advice on what to do and when.

The workshops are on:

Wednesday 14 November, 7pm to 9pm, All Saint’s Primary School, Maldon
Booking link: http://bit.ly/CIW_Maldon1

Thursday 27 November, 7pm to 9pm, St Cedd’s Primary School, Chelmsford
Booking link: http://bit.ly/CIW_Chelmsford

Tuesday 11 December, 12pm to 2pm, Greenfields House, Braintree
Booking link: http://bit.ly/CIW_Braintree