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    Self-care advice for children


    It can be a worrying when children are ill, especially if you’re not sure what to do, but taking care of your little one at home is often the best thing to do. 
     
    NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group is providing a quick reference guide for parents and carers, which has tips for dealing with some of the most common childhood ailments at home and when to ask for help. 
     
    The NHS website (www.nhs.uk) has a wealth of information and advice on a whole range of 
    symptoms and illnesses.  
     
    Your local pharmacy can offer advice and suggestions for over the counter medicines that may help. 
     
    Your GP practice is still there for you, Monday to Friday from 8am – 6.30pm. For your safety, most local surgeries will ask you to complete a confidential online consultation via the practice website for non-urgent health needs. For urgent access you can ring your surgery who will ‘triage’ the call and either signpost to an appropriate service or arrange a call back for further assessment (face to face or virtual telephone/video appointment.) 
     
    You can access NHS 111 by phone or online at https://111.nhs.uk/ (online is only for children aged over 5 years) if your practice is closed. 
     
    Please do not visit your GP practice unless you have an appointment.   
     
    Dr Asad Ali, Co-Chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG said: “If your child is unwell please be assured you can still safely access the same great care your child needs. With more people being encouraged to stay at home it’s essential that parents and carers are equipped with the information they need to make the best choices for their child.   
     
    “We may have COVID-19 to deal with this winter, but the usual childhood ailments - like sore throats, earache and upset tummies – are still with us.  It can be worrying when children are unwell, especially if you’re unsure what to do.” 
     
    For a full list of common ailments and how to treat, plus access to the quick reference guide visit https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/selfcarechildren