Child Accident Prevention Trust
For free safety advice for families and carers please have a look at the above website. Remember accidents can be prevented.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust have reported that 'doctors warn that food is responsible for over half of all fatal choking accidents, with grapes the third most common cause of death in food related incidents', if you give your child grapes please chop them in half lengthways and then in half again.
Don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tips and tricks, formulated by researchers and NHS mental health experts, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.
Families Under Pressure | Maudsley Charity (July 2021)
The above website has some simple top tips which you may find beneficial.
For local advice you can call the Family Information Service on 020 8547 5215 or have a look at their website at www.afcinfo.org.uk
09 November 2022
As this is the first winter in two years without pandemic restrictions, you and your children may be more at risk from the effects of the usual winter bugs and viruses this year. Though these seasonal illnesses are usually mild, they can sometimes become more serious - particularly in younger children or if an infection spreads to a vulnerable family or household member. There are simple steps you can take to help protect your little ones under five, and reduce the risk of infections for your family this season.
● Make sure your child is up to date with all their immunisations. Check in their
red book or contact your GP.
● Take up the offer of any additional or seasonal vaccinations offered, including
the additional polio booster for all children aged 1-9 in London. Flu vaccination is also available and recommended for any children who were aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2022, all primary school children, and some secondary school children. See Child flu vaccine - NHS for more information.
● Teach your child how to wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes.
By teaching your child how to wash their hands effectively with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up, or spreading infections.
● Learn about the symptoms of common infections and what you can do if they
get worse. Of the several common infections that your child might pick up over the winter period, most will be a mild illness and can be treated at home. Ask your pharmacist about helpful medicines to keep safely in a medicine cabinet at home to help reduce the symptoms of coughs and colds, and always follow the instructions on the label. However, in some cases they might get worse and require medical help. Depending on the type of infection, it may spread through respiratory droplets, direct contact between people, or via contact with a contaminated surface.
See this handy guide on 5 ways to protect your under 5s this winter - UK Health Security Agency.
Healthier Together, a brand-new website,
https://www.swlondon-ealthiertogether.nhs.uk/, which provides reliable healthcare advice and directs you to the best care for your child.
If you or any of your family are not yet registered with a General Practitioner (GP) (family doctor), details can be found at How to register with a GP surgery - NHS. GPs treat all common medical conditions, where appropriate refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment, as well as providing immunisations for you and your family.
Director of Public Health