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Be prepared for the diseases and conditions, as well as the special issues that appear in childhood. The more you know, the better you can manage whatever comes along. 

First aid

Vital signs include temperature, heart or pulse rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure.

Choking can be a medical emergency.

Dehydration means not enough fluid in a child's body. Learn the signs and how to prevent it.

Fever is probably the most common reason for a child to be taken to the doctor.

It can be a challenge to recognise the symptoms of pain in children.

When do I...

Knowing when to call 999, seek medical advice or go to A&E can help you cope quickly and efficiently stay calm under pressure.

When your child is unwell it can be tricky deciding whether to send them to nursery, pre-school or the childminder or keep them at home.

Whether your child has a runny nose, diarrhoea or other symptoms, here is some guidance to help you make a decision.

This medicine is often given to children in liquid form to treat symptoms such as pain or a high temperature.

It is common for a child to limp for a period of time after a fall or minor injury, but if they keep limping and there's no obvious reason for it, seek medical advice.

Ear, nose and throat

Find out the symptoms, causes and treatments for tonsillitis

Glue ear is also known as otitis media with effusion (OME) and occurs when the middle ear becomes filled with fluid.

If your child has problems with glue ear, your physician may recommend grommets to treat it.

Toddlers and young children might not be able to tell you their symptoms clearly. Learn how to spot the flu in little ones and when to seek medical advice.

What works for kids' coughs and colds?

Tips for treatment of your child's flu.

Learn more about frequent nosebleeds in children.

Treatment for a child's cold is usually a matter of easing symptoms with self-care and over-the-counter children's cold medicines.

Learn more about the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of earaches.

Does your child have scratchy, irritated throat? Swollen tonsils? Read more about colds, sore throats and tonsillitis, so you’ll know when to seek medical advice.

Is it strep?  If a sore throat is accompanied by a fever and white patches on your child's tonsils, it might be time to seek medical advice about bacterial tonsillitis.

Otitis media is the most common cause of earaches, and frequently accompanies a common cold. Read more about infections of the middle ear.

Asthma affects children in different ways. Discover the causes of childhood asthma and what you can do to prevent asthma attacks.

Based on your child's history and the severity of asthma, your doctor will develop a care plan, called an asthma action plan.

Do you know how to prevent your child from having an asthma attack at school? Learn what you must do to educate the teacher and other adults who may be caring for your child.

If your child has allergic asthma, a nebuliser might be the most effective way to treat it. Find out more.

Upset tummies

Read about the common causes of upset stomachs in children, and the best treatments for them.

Read more about the symptoms and treatment of GORD and heartburn in children and infants.

To help carers understand the best way to help a child with a stomach upset, health professionals have developed some guidelines.

Read more about how to ease constipation in children.

Constipation is a common condition in all ages but constipation in toddlers can sometimes be difficult to spot.

Get information about Crohn’s disease in children and teenagers.

Read more about this type of migraine and its causes.

Read more about the symptoms of gastroenteritis, and what the "stomach flu" is all about.

Why does my child keep getting worms?

Skin and body

One of the first sorts of irritation your child may experience is nappy rash. Find out more.

Visit BootsWebMD's Skin problems centre to learn more about the most common types of rashes

Get the facts about summer safety for you and your children.

Find out more about how to take care of your child's skin in the sun.

Children often wake at night complaining of throbbing, aching legs. This common childhood experience has long been referred to as  'growing pains'.

Read more about the best pain medicines for children, and how much to give your child.

Fibromyalgia is a mysterious disease. Learn more about how affects children and teenagers.

Find out the reasons why a child might experience hair loss.

Find out more about eczema in children.

Food allergies can be serious. Learn about food allergies in children.

Read about overactive bladder in children.

Children’s headaches occur for the same reasons adults get headaches. See how they are evaluated and diagnosed in children and adolescents.

Child safety

Not all children's toys are equally safe. Learn more here.

You want your children to have fun outside, but you also want them to be safe. Learn how you can have both.

Find out how to prevent and treat the most common school bugs

Learn more about how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

How to ensure your child's bedroom is free of indoor pollutants.

Read these tips to prevent poisoning in the home.

Do you know the most common hazards facing your child now? How childproof is your home?

Adult supervision is not always enough to prevent drowning. Learn what else you can do.

Learn the household hot spots for germs and how to clean to prevent illness.

Read these dos and don'ts for keeping your kitchen clean.

Children travelling in cars have to use the correct child restraints until they reach 12 years old or 135cm.

Accidents at amusement parks may put some nagging doubts into the minds of parents planning a day of family fun. 

Storing medications – including vitamin and mineral supplements – out of reach is the best prevention to avoid accidental poisoning in children.

Get tips on speed cleaning to win the battle against germs in the home.

Lead poisoning is especially harmful to young children.

Fireworks parties can be fun if safety rules are followed. 

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