Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy. It is not meant for children who have ongoing health problems such as asthma, heart, or kidney problems. You should not rely on the advice in this leaflet for children who are less than 6 months old. Babies younger than this can respond differently to infections.
In summary, the document suggests that most common infections do not get better quicker with antibiotics.
Most children with a cold, cough, sore throat or earache, who see their GP, will still be ill 4 days later. This does not mean that they need treatment or need to be seen again.
· One third of children who have seen their GP with a cough will still be coughing 2 weeks later. This does not mean that they need treatment.
· Only children with signs of more serious illness generally need to be seen by a doctor or nurse. These signs include:
o Excessive drowsiness
o Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
o Cold or discoloured hands &/or feet with warm body
o Abnormal pains in arms &/or legs
o Abnormal colour (pale or blue)
o Signs of meningitis