Children’s Health

‘The Big 6’ is an initiative to help parents and carers tackle the most common childhood illnesses.

A set of easy-to-understand advice sheets on ‘The Big 6’ illnesses have been created for parents and carers, to give guidance on what action to take if a child is ill.

The advice sheets feature the most common illnesses in children aged 0-16 and cover:

Included in the advice sheet is information on what the illness is and details of its symptoms. There are dedicated sections on how parents and carers can help relieve the symptoms along with practical advice to help their child’s recovery. This includes ways to treat your child at home.

To access the advice sheets, please visit the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group website here


Asthma Unsure what to do if your child has an Asthma attack? Follow this step-to-step guide: {link}
Asthma At least 1 in 10 children, and 1 in 20 adults, have asthma. Find out what signs to look out for before an attack and help minimise the effect for your child. {link}
Bronchiolitis Bronchiolitis is an infectious disease when the tiniest airways in your baby/child’s lungs become swollen. This can make it more difficult for your baby/child to breathe. Find out what to look out for here: {link}
Bronchiolitis #HelpUsHelpYou by learning what the signs, symptoms and treatment of bronchiolitis are. {link}
Fever/Sepsis Does your child have a fever over 37˚C and a rash? Find out how to do the Tumbler test to see what type of rash it is. {link}



Fever Sepsis If you’re child has a temperature over 37˚C, give your child plenty of drinks e.g. water or squash, and look for signs of dehydration such as a dry mouth. Find out how else to care for your child here: {link}


Head Injury Has your child suffered a bump to the head? Find out how best to treat it with this useful guide: {link}



Head Injury If your child has hit their head, they may have an intermittent headache, tiredness or irritability. Help your child feel better by following these steps: {link}


Abdominal Pain There are many health problems that can cause stomach pain for children from constipation to food poisoning. Here’s what to do if your child is having tummy troubles: {link}


Abdominal Pain If your child is complaining of stomach pain, and you’re not sure what to do, check out this advice guide: {link}
Gastroenteritis Does your child have a bad case of gastroenteritis? Find out how to best look after them and how to avoid gastroenteritis in the future: {link}
Gastroenteritis Severe diarrhoea and / or vomiting can lead to dehydration. If your child has gastroenteritis, encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids and Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS). Find out more: {link}



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