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New app gives advice on children’s common ailments

New app gives advice on children’s common ailments

Parents and carers of pre-school children have a new source of health information at their fingertips with the introduction of a new app packed with advice on a wide range of common childhood illnesses.

The Berkshire Child Health app, available on Apple and Android, was commissioned by the four Clinical Commissioning Groups in Berkshire West as a digital update to a booklet produced 4 years ago.

It gives tips on how to manage common ailments, such as coughs, sore throats and teething and advice on when and where to seek help from a healthcare professional and, through the power of their phone or tablet, is available 24/7.

Health Visitors across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham will be promoting the app at appointments with patients, helping people to download it to their smartphones there and then and showing them how to use it.

Dr Helen George, GP at Melrose Surgery in Reading, and the GP-lead for child health at South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group, encouraged people to download the app, saying:

“When your baby or child is unwell, it can be really stressful and hard to know what to do for the best. This app will help parents and carers to make informed decisions about how to care for their child when the inevitable childhood illnesses strike. It’s visually attractive, simple to navigate and provides all the facts at the touch of a button. I’d urge anyone who looks after a young child to download it today.”

A version of app has also been made into a booklet and printed. This will be distributed through GP surgeries and other community organisations.

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