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When to Worry if Your Child is Unwell?



Manage at Home

Seek Medical Advice

Snotty nose, Cough

Plenty of fluids, paracetamol (always check packaging for correct dose)



If your child is still active, eating/drinking – try  paracetamol/ibuprofen & fluids

If child is listless, lethargic, disinterested in eating/drinking



If it passes the glass test – press a glass tumbler against it.  If the colour disappears, it passes

If the colour remains during the glass test seek immediate medical advice


Frequent small sips of water to prevent dehydration – if a child is peeing regularly, they won’t be significantly dehydrated

If your child does not pee for 6-7 hours


Coughs can generally last 3-6 weeks after a cold has gone.  This is normal

If child is struggling to breathe, if they are choking, if breathing is laboured or so fast they cannot eat or drink, if they are pale or blue


A whistling noise when breathing out.   Common in asthma and viral infections.  Don’t worry if they are managing to talk normally, are active and can drink and eat

If child is struggling to breathe, if their ribs are sucking in and out, if they are too breathless to talk or if they are lethargic


Where Can I Find Out More?


Visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/Conditions or


the patient website at www.patient.co.uk for more information.


Remember that your pharmacist can also assist you in assessing your symptoms.

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