Treat immediately by pouring cold water over the burn for 10 minutes. If the burn causes severe blistering or breaks the skin, consult the doctor or casualty department. Sunburn should be prevented by avoiding long exposure and using adequate sun tan protection. It may be treated with calamine lotion and Paracetamol to relieve the pain.
Consult your doctor if: vomiting and/or diarrhoea is accompanied by continuous stomach pains, symptoms persist longer than six hours in an infant or small child, an attack comes shortly after a visit abroad, the patient or parent is anxious or worried.
1. Give your child Paracetamol (Calpol, Disprol etc) at the maximum dose for that age. Children under the age of 16 years should NOT be given aspirin.
2. Dress your child in cool clothes eg: vests, shorts and keep the room cool.
3. Give plenty of cool drinks, as fluid is lost with a fever and encourage small
amounts frequently. Try ice lollies etc.
4. Sponge your child down with lukewarm water and dry them carefully.
5. Repeat the dose of Paracetamol every four hours.
6. If your child does not improve or appears particularly ill, consult the doctor.
7. Ill children will always be seen as soon as possible if brought to the surgery. You will not make your child worse by taking them in a pram or car to see the doctor. Often the fresh air makes feverish children feel better.
CHILDREN: It is important that all children and babies are immunised. Illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio are thankfully rare now because of recent immunisation policies but if contracted can be crippling or even fatal.
Whooping cough (pertussis) causes a very distressing illness with severe prolonged coughing and can lead to permanent lung damage.
The risk of vaccination, if indeed there is any, is minute and has certainly been overstated in the past. Unfortunately, this has resulted in many parents deciding against the vaccination for their children and whooping cough epidemics resulted from this.
We strongly recommend that all babies have this vaccination along with their other baby injections. If you have any worries or queries about any aspect of your child’s immunisations, please feel free to discuss them with your doctor or practice nurse.
RECOMMENDED VACCINATION SCHEDULE
2 months 1st dose diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio, 1st HIB, meningitis C 3 months 2nd dose, 2nd HIB, meningitis C 4 months 3rd dose, 3rd HIB, meningitis C 14 months MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) 4 to 5 years MMR (11) booster, diphtheria, tetanus and polio 15 to 16 years Low dose diphtheria, booster tetanus and polio Tetanus Booster recommended every 10 years Polio Booster recommended every 10 years up to the age of 40
Immunisations are constantly changing.
Please check with your health visitor on 01952 810263
Linden Hall Surgery has a complaints procedure in operation whereby if you have a complaint regarding anything you see or hear in the practice you may feel free to contact Mrs Sloan, the practice manager, directly. Alternatively you may put your complaint in writing and this will be dealt with in a professional manner by Dr Henderson and Mrs Sloan.