Caring for your unwell child

Read more about this page below

You know your child best and it’s important to follow your instincts if you are concerned they are unwell.  Here you can find helpful resources from the NHS regarding caring for your child when they are unwell.

If you are concerned and want to speak to a health professional you can contact your school nurse, practice nurse, GP or Pharmacist. For out of hours advice call 111 and in an emergency call 999.

Looking after a sick child

Is my child too ill for school?

Trying to decide if your child should be kept of school, preschool or nursery can be tricky this NHS resource provides information on common childhood illnesses and how to manage school attendance.

Is my child too ill for school?

Sepsis, also known as septicaemia is life threatening. It can be hard to spot and there are lots of possible symptoms. 

To find out more about Sepsis and how to spot the symptoms go to:
NHS Conditions Sepsis 
Sepsis Trust 

If you think you or someone you look after has symptoms of sepsis, call 999 or go to A&E. Trust your instincts

Thinking about your child being hurt or becoming unwell is likely to feel scary but taking the time now to look at this information about what to do in an emergency could help you look after your child if they ever need it. We also recommend you get anyone else who will be caring for your child to look at them too. 


Resuscitation / CPR (Child over 1 year)

Adult resuscitation (from the onset of puberty)

Recovery position 

Burns and scalds

See Growing fast, Caring for your unwell baby for links

Accessibility tools