Don’t let minor illnesses and injuries ruin your half term

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Two young girls playing outdoors

Many children will be looking forward to getting outdoors this half term, but with the weather still cold and wet the break might not be illness free.

It can be worrying when your child is poorly but most minor illnesses can be treated at home with a well stocked medicine cabinet.

NHS Choices offers a wealth of information on children’s health, helping you to identify and decide on the best course of action for your child’s needs. The page is even divided into age categories to help you find the information you need quicker. Just visit the Children’s Health Section.

There is also a section on infectious illnesses in children such as Chicken Pox, giving details on what to look out for, how long it will last and the suggested incubation period. Just visit the Infectious Illnesses in Children section

NHS Choices also has some great visual guides on common childhood illnesses such as measles, slapped cheek syndrome, chicken pots and warts ‘Childhood Illness Visual Guide’ and offers a visual tool to help identify rashes in babies.