Recite Me Logo Easy Read and Translation

Childhood illness and accident prevention

What happens if your child is feeling unwell? All children get ill from time to time and many will get better by themselves and can be easily treated at home.


  • Small babies can become very poorly very quickly
  • You know your baby best
  • Do not wait too long if you are worried
  • Ask for help when you need it

A very ill baby may:

  • Be unusually sleepy or floppy
  • Have breathing difficulties , such as breathing fast or grunting
  • Be much less active
  • Take less than the normal feed in the previous 24 hours
  • Have less than four wet nappies in the previous 24 hours
  • Feel hot when looking pale, or they look mottled or blue
  • Has a spotty purple rash on their body could be a sign of meningitis

If you notice any of these, contact your doctor (or out of hours doctor) at once and find out what to do next. If you cannot talk to a doctor quickly, then take your baby/child to a walk-in centre, or to A&E.

Accident prevention

Car seat safety
Safety in the Home / Water Safety
Safety in the home / burns and scalds
Safety in the Home / Suffocation and Strangulation
Safety in the home / falls
Staying safe in the sun
Preventing Choking
Keeping babies and children safe around dogs in the home

Additional Links
Scarlet Fever

Chicken Pox
Oral Thrush
Atopic Eczema
Glue Ear

All the above are also available on the website:

In this section
Latest News
Compliments and complaints
Patient Experience
The staff are wonderful; the receptionists were polite and efficient, the nurses I have seen, were incredible.