Childhood Illness

Please click on the link below to download a leaflet explaining about common childhood illnesses and what action is necessary.  Here is the introduction to the leaflet.

Every parent or carer wants to know what to do when a child is ill - use this handbook to learn how to care for your child at home, when to call a Doctor and when to contact Emergency Services. Most of the problems you will come up against are simply an everyday part of growing up, often helped with a chat with your Midwife, Health Visitor or Pharmacist.

Almost all babies, toddlers and children will get the most common childhood illnesses like chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear infections. While these are not very nice at the time they are easy to treat by your GP or at home with the support from a GP or Health Visitor rather than an unnecessary trip to Accident & Emergency.

This handbook helps point you in the right direction and explains what you can do at home to help, or where you need to go to get assistance and advice. It has been put together with help from healthcare professionals.

If you are worried you must get further advice. Trust your instincts, you know your child better than anybody else. This handbook also contains general welfare information which will help you keep you and your child safe and healthy.

If you require this booklet in another language please contact East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group on 01282 644700.

Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing 0-5 years.pdf

Further Information

There are also common emotional, behavioural and developmental problems that happen in childhood, such as sleep, tantrums, hearing problems, fears and worries in your child.  Sleep problems for instance can be very stressful for everyone in the family and often can be sorted out fairly easily for most familes.

For more information about common behavioural and sleep problems you can visit the following.

Developmental milestones

Sleep and common nightime problems

Mental Health problems

For medical conditions, some of which are very uncommon, here are some sites that may be useful


Acute Renal Failure Great Ormond Street Hospital View
Arthritis Arthritis Research Campaign View
Asthma Asthma UK View
Brain Injury Headway (The Brain Injury Association) View
Cancer Cancer Research Campaign View
Cancer CLIC Sargent View
Cancer - Teenagers Teenage Cancer Trust View
Child Safeguarding National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children View
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association of Young People with ME (AYME) View
Coeliac Disease Coeliac UK View
Congenital Heart Disease British Heart Foundation View
Constipation - Bristol Stool Chart Norgine View
Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Trust (UK) View
Diabetes Diabetes UK View
Down's Syndrome Down's Syndrome Association UK View
Eating Disorders Beat - Eating Disorders Association View
Enuresis Enuresis Resource and Information Centre (ERIC) View
Epilepsy National Society for Epilepsy View
Epilepsy Epilepsy Action View
Growth Problems Child Growth Foundation View
Hydrocephalus Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus View
Immunisations NHS Immunisations View
Inflammatory Bowel Disease National Association for Colitis and Crohns View
Muscular Dystrophy Muscular Dystrophy Campaign View
Neurofibromatosis Neurofibromatosis Association (UK) View
Obesity NHS Choices View
Obesity (Why your child's weight matters) Department of Health View
Renal Disorders Kidney Research Foundation View
Self Harm The Site View
Sickle Cell Disease Sickle Cell Society View
Smoking Cessation New Leaf (NHS) View
Solvent Abuse Re-solv View
Substance Misuse Talk to Frank View
Sudden Infant Death Foundation for Study of Infant Deaths View
Swine Flu NHS Choices View
Syncope Syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizures Trust (STARS) View
Tuberous Sclerosis Tuberous Sclerosis Association (UK) View
Turner Syndrome Turner Syndrome Support Society View
William Syndrome William Syndrome Foundation (UK) View