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What to do and how to use it This leaflet must accompany the BSACI Jext treatment plan If you are experiencing any of the severe reactions on your treatment plan, and there is a need for the Jext auto injector, follow these simple instructions: Lay your child down on the floor. If breathing is...

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What to do and how to use it This leaflet must accompany the BSACI Emerade treatment plan If you are experiencing any of the severe reactions on your treatment plan, and there is a need for the Emerade auto injector, follow these simple instructions: Lay your child down on the floor. If breathing is...

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What is continuous glucose monitoring? This is a system where the amount of sugar in somebody’s blood is measured automatically. The monitor checks blood sugar every few minutes and stores the data. This means that the person using it can carry on doing what they would usually do during the...

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How do I put in contact lens? The instructions for inserting and removing the lenses sound very complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it will get easier. These instructions are simply to remind you what you were taught in the contact lens clinic. Almost all parents and carers are scared of...

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Things to do before you leave home Inform the airline about your allergy before you travel. State that you need to carry adrenaline auto-injectors at all times and let them know the type of food to which you are allergic. However, remember that other passengers may bring foods onto the aircraft. It...

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What is positive expiratory pressure? Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) is a small handheld device fitted with either a mouth piece or mask. As you breathe, it gives out pressure at the end of each breath. This fills up the alveoli which is the part of the lungs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are...

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When will my child be fitted with the BAHD? We order the bone anchored hearing device (BAHD) sound processor for your child and is usually kept in the hospital until it is safe for your child to have it fitted. If your child already has a softband BAHD we will use your existing hearing...

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What is wheeze? Wheeze is a whistling noise made in the chest, usually when breathing out. It happens when the airways (tubes carrying air to the lungs) become inflamed and narrowed, this is often due to a viral infection (cough or cold). Wheeze is extremely common in young children. One in three...

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What is camouflage cream? Skin camouflage cream is designed to reproduce the natural colour of skin which when applied following the steps below can last between 8 and 16 hours before you need to reapply it. The process to apply the cream is a simple 4 stage process: 1. Cleanse It is important to...

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Swelling Swelling is very common in the first few weeks following an injury or operation. You can reduce this more quickly by frequently moving your fingers to improve blood flow, and by raising your hand above your elbow resting on pillows. Washing Do not get the cast wet as it may break or damage...

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Why has my child been given orthotic footwear? We feel your child would benefit from additional support required by these boots. The boot will support the foot in a weight bearing position whether in a standing frame, walking aid, or in unsupported walking. The stiffness of the boot is suitable to...

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You have been provided with a wedge cushion to improve your posture and help ease aches and pains. Posture wedge cushions help relieve pressure on your back by altering your posture. They are designed to be used on standard chairs at both home and school. How do I use the cushion? The anterior wedge...

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What is Mepitel? Mepitel is a non-stick silicone dressing that is very versatile as it can be used on all types of wounds including covering stitches, steristrips and skin glue. What does Mepitel do? Mepitel acts as a protective layer between the wound and the dressing, allowing fluid to pass...

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Why does my child need a standing frame? Children learn to stand unsupported from 10 to 15 months old. If you child finds it difficult to stand then they may need some assistance to do so. Some children only need help standing for a short period of their lives, whereas others may need ongoing...

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You have been asked to provide footwear to be adapted for your child. What do I need to do? When bringing or posting footwear to the hospital for adapting please: clearly label the footwear with your child’s name, address and hospital number (if known) provide a current daytime telephone number...

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Contact lenses are an alternative to glasses. They are safe to use with the correct guidance and may be the best treatment option for your child. Will my child be uncomfortable wearing contact lenses? There are different types of contact lenses. The first lenses that will be fitted to your child’s...

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Your child is precious, and so are you. As they grow bigger and older their needs change. Using a hoist and sling to help them move is a safe, comfortable and dignified alternative to lifting for you both. Here are some steps to consider when using a hoist and sling to transfer (help move)...

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Why does my child need to wear boots and bar? The boots and bar are essential to help your child’s feet develop correctly. The boots and bar continue the work started by the corrective casts. How do the boots and bar work? The boots work by turning your child’s feet out. This position...

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Car seats This material has been put together by the occupational therapists working with the Early Years Team to assist you in buying a suitable car seat for your child. It is a legal requirement for all parents or carers to provide appropriate car seating for their child. This applies to children...

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How do I clean and disinfect contact lenses? You lenses will need to be cleaned and disinfected overnight after you have worn them. You will be given enough cleaning solutions by Sheffield Children’s but if you  run out you can buy more supplies from a local opticians or chemist. For both soft...

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The bracing service at Sheffield Children’s Hospital aims to get the best results possible. Bracing is a commitment for you and your family, and we understand how difficult it is to wear a full-time brace. Growth makes the scoliosis curves get bigger, so bracing will continue until you stop...

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Why does my child need glasses? In most cases glasses are prescribed for children to improve vision, they may also be given to prevent poor vision from developing or to treat a squint. Glasses are not always ordered, even if the child is found to be long or short-sighted. There are various factors...

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Zinc oxide tape Zinc oxide tape is effective in the management of scar tissue, with some scars noted to become softer, flatter and paler following use. Effects are not often immediate, however with regular use benefits are usually noted after several weeks. Instructions for use Clean and moisturise...

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Conformers Conformers are effective in the management of scar tissue, with some scars becoming softer, flatter and paler following use. The conformer is moulded to fit the scarred area exactly. Effects are often not immediate, however with regular use benefits are usually noted after several weeks....

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