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What is a brief resolved unexplained event? A brief resolved unexplained event, or ‘BRUE’, is a condition that affects children under 12 months old. A BRUE can be a very frightening experience for parents. During a BRUE your baby may: change colour (pale, grey or blue) look like they...

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Your child has a broken collar bone (also known as the clavicle). A broken bone is sometimes referred to as a crack or fracture – these all mean the same thing. Why did my child not have an x-ray? Most children with a broken collar bone do not require an x-ray. In fact, we don’t…...

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Steristrip dressing How to look after my Steristrips Keep them dry and avoid touching. Leave them in place for a minimum of 5 to 7 days and no longer than 14 days. How to remove my Steristrips Soak them with water and carefully peel them off. If they are not easily removed, trim them and…...

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There are many ways to access advice and treatment in today’s NHS. Using the most appropriate route is helpful for yourselves, other patients, and the NHS. Sometimes, when children attend the Emergency Department it is because it is unclear where to go and this seems to be the most straightforward...

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The metacarpals are the hand bones leading up to your fingers. The 5th metacarpal leads to the little (5th) finger. This can sometimes be injured either at the neck (close to the knuckle), the shaft (the long bit of the bone), or the base (near the wrist). A fracture is a break in the bone…...

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What is eczema? Eczema (dermatitis) is a common condition in children which causes their skin to be dry, itchy or sore. Eczema can make the skin look a different colour. So it may cause lighter skin to look red and darker skins to look purple, grey or a darker brown. Eczema can happen anywhere...

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Your child has had a febrile convulsion It is very frightening and distressing to see your child having a seizure. You may even have thought your child was dead or dying. Many parents think this when they first see a febrile convulsion. We have produced this information resource so that you may know...

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To reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), always follow safer sleep for your baby.

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What is Henoch-Schönlein purpura? Henoch-Schönlein (HSP) purpura causes blood vessels to get inflamed (irritated and swollen). This inflammation is called ‘vasculitis’. It usually affects the small blood vessels in the skin causing a rash that is called purpura. It can also affect...

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What is croup? Croup is a general term applied to symptoms resulting from swelling of the larynx (voice box). It is commonly caused by a viral infection and occurs mainly in the autumn and winter months. Young children between the ages of 3 months and 3 years are affected. It tends to affect boys...

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What is a sprained ankle?   A sprained ankle is a partial tear of the ligaments in the ankle joint. It will be painful but this should slowly improve. You should be able to walk (although it will still be painful), but it may take 3 to 4 weeks to get back to normal and even… Continue...

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This resource describes how to care for your child after they have had a burn and what to expect while the burn is healing. Dressings If your child has had a dressing applied please keep the dressing dry. If the dressing gets wet, please return to the Emergency Department to have it changed. There...

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GP surgeries are usually the first contact if you or your child has a health problem. You can find a surgery near you here: Find a GP – NHS.uk Registering with a GP surgery Contact the GP surgery and ask to register with them.  They will ask you to complete a GMS1 registration form....

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What is a cast? A cast is a splint used to immobilise, support and help to control pain in a limb that is fractured, injured or may have had an operation. There are several different materials available that can be used to construct a cast.  The principles of caring for a child in a cast…...

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What causes diarrhoea and vomiting? Children may develop diarrhoea or vomiting for a variety of reasons. Most commonly it is due to gastroenteritis. This is usually a viral infection ‘stomach bug’. Vomiting usually lasts for 1 to 2 days but diarrhoea can persist for 5 to 7 days. Tummy...

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