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Childcare

Your Health visitor will look after your child's developement and share care with the GP from birth to school age where care will then be shared with the School Nurse.  They can be contacted at Rowan House on 01463 706701.

Our practice nurses runs childhood immunisation clinics and the GPs do 6 week health checks.

Below are some common childhood illnesses you may encounter

Chickenpox
On the first day a rash appears as small red patches about 3-4mm across. Within a few hours of these developing, small blisters appear in the centre of these patches. During the next 3-4 days further patches will appear and the earlier ones will turn 'crusty' and fall off. Oily calamine lotion may be applied to soothe the often severe itching. Cool baths may also help. The most infectious period is from 2-3 days before the rash appears and up to 5 days after this date. Children may need a 7-10 days off school.

German Measles (Rubella)
The rash appears during the 1st day and usually covers the body, arms and legs in small pink patches about 2-4mm and doesn't itch. No other symptoms are usually present apart from occasional aching joints. It is infectious from 2 days before the rash appears, until the rash disappears in about 4-5 days from that date. The only danger is to unborn babies and, therefore, it is important that all contacts are informed in order that anyone who may be pregnant can contact their doctor. Immunisation can prevent this disease

Measles
The rash is blotchy and red and appears on the face and body around the forth day of illness. It is at its most infection form 2-3 days before the rash appears until 8-10 days after that date; it is now rare. Immunisation can prevent this disease

Mumps
Symptoms are swelling of the glands in front of one or other ear often followed, after a couple of days, by swelling in front of the other ear. It is infectious 2-3 days before the swelling appears until 8-10 days after that date. If the pain is severe you should consult your doctor. Now also rare. Immunisation can prevent this disease

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