Know the basics

Being prepared and knowing the signs


Parents are usually good at noticing when something is wrong with their baby from quite early on. It is normal to worry that you may not recognise the signs that your baby is unwell. Trust your instincts, you know your baby best.

Learn how to spot the signs of serious illness and how to cope if an accident happens. If you know the basics and you are well prepared, you will find it easier to cope - and less scary. Keep a small supply of useful medicines in a locked cabinet or somewhere up high where a child cannot reach them.

Make sure you've got the right strength of medicine for the age of your child, always follow instructions carefully and check use by dates. Read the label carefully and use sugar-free options where you can.

If your baby seems to have a serious illness it's important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Take a look at the Birth to Five book from the Department of Health www.dh.gov.uk

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Source: NHS Choices