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Free booklet gives valuable advice to parents when their children are ill

Wokingham Clinical Commissioning Group and Wokingham Borough Council's Public Health Service have launched a comprehensive guide to common childhood illnesses aimed at parents and carers of children aged between birth and five years old.

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The free booklet, funded jointly by the CCG and Wokingham Borough Council, contains helpful information on general welfare and well-being, common illnesses and how to keep children safe and healthy. It also provides advice on when to consult the GP or health visitor and information on common illnesses such as chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear infections.

Dr Stephen Madgwick, Chair of the Wokingham CCG said: "This guide is an excellent resource for parents and carers of children aged five and under, offering advice on how to manage everyday illnesses, including coughs and colds, conjunctivitis and a number of other conditions. It also explains how to recognise and act on the more serious conditions like meningitis.

Wokingham Borough Executive Councillor for Health and Wellbeing, Julian McGhee-Sumner said: "We're very pleased to support this booklet. Health needs vary for different age groups so it's good to have a succinct, easy to read reference specifically aimed at those caring for very young children. I'm sure it will be broadly welcomed."

The booklet is available from GP surgeries, health visitors, children's centres, libraries and online at: www.wokinghamccg.nhs.uk/children.

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