Cheshire and Wirral NHS Partnership Trust’s children and young peoples out of hours advice line, provides mental health services to children and young people, their families and concerned professionals outside of usual business hours.
All Clinicians you speak to are trained in different backgrounds and have experience and knowledge of a range of mental health difficulties.
> Are you a young person struggling with your mental health?
> Are you worried about your child’s mental health?
> Are you an adult working with a young person and are concerned about their mental health?
Contact our advice line for advice, support and resources.
Mon – Fri 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Weekends 12.00pm – 8.00pm
You can also visit http://www.mymind.org.uk/ to find out more information about children and young peoples mental health services.
If you are worried or concerned about a young persons mental health, you can now access mental health advice and support outside if usual working hours by calling the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts advice line.
It can be worrying as a parent when your child is poorly.
The tools on this page are aimed at helping you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child and if you can care for them at home or if you need to seek medical help.
This visual guide from NHS Choices will help you identify common illnesses and conditions that may affect your child and if you can care for them at home.
Childhood Illnesses – a visual guide
Its normal for babies to develop skin rashes, but its important to know the difference between a minor irritation and a condition that needs medical attention. This visual guide from NHS Choices helps you familiarise yourself with the different ones.
As a parent it can be extremely worrying if your child has a high temperature. But it’s very common and often clears up by itself. This guide from NHS Choices will help you to know when/if you need to seek medical help.
Not every illness needs to keep your child from school or nursery, but if you are unsure if your child is too ill to attend,this guide from NHS Choices can help.
It can be difficult to tell when a baby or toddler is seriously ill, but the main thing is to trust your instincts. You know better than anyone else what your child is usually like, so you’ll know when something is seriously wrong.
This guide from NHS Choices gives you a checklist of warning signs to look out for.
Does your child have a serious illness?
Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin.
Scabies is usually spread through prolonged periods of skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, or through sexual contact.
It can take up to eight weeks for the symptoms of scabies to appear after the initial infection. This is known as the incubation period.
Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are tiny parasitic worms that infect the large intestine of humans. Threadworms are a common type of worm infection in the UK, particularly in children under the age of 10.
The worms are white and look like small pieces of thread. You may notice them around your child’s bottom or in their poo.
They don’t always cause symptoms, but people often experience itchiness around their bottom or vagina. It can be worse at night and disturb sleep.
Threadworm is part of the Think Pharmacy Minor Ailments Scheme so your local Pharmacist can recommend and prescribe treatment.
Everyone in your household will need to be treated as there’s a high risk of the infection spreading. This includes those who don’t have any symptoms of an infection.
During treatment and for a few weeks afterwards, it’s also important to follow strict hygiene measures to avoid spreading the threadworm eggs. This includes regularly vacuuming your house and thoroughly washing your bathroom and kitchen.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, hygiene measures are usually recommended without medication. This is also often the case for young children.
You can find your nearest pharmacy at NHS Choices.
Oral thrush in babies and young children is a fungal infection in the mouth that’s usually harmless and easily treatable.
Signs of oral thrush in babies
The main sign of oral thrush is a white coating on your baby’s tongue, although there may also be white patches elsewhere in the mouth.
This coating may look like curd or cottage cheese and usually can’t be rubbed off easily.
If your baby has a white coating on their tongue that does rub off easily, it’s more likely to be milk coating the tongue and not thrush.
Babies may not seem bothered by the patches, but they may be reluctant to feed – or keep detaching from the breast during feeds – if they’re sore.
There may also be associated nappy rash caused by the same infection that needs to be treated as well.