Children's Care

Child well being checks
2 and 6 weeks

A newborn check is recommended at 2 and 6 weeks of age.  This is a chance to check that the baby is gaining weight appropriately, examines and is developing normally as well as discuss any concerns that you may have about feeding, sleeping, settling.

4, 6, 12 and 18 months

As part of our vaccination program we will ask you questions about your child’s development to ensure there are no delays.  We will also check their growth and advise on common issues at each stage.

A yearly health check with your GP is a good opportunity to ensure your child is developing normally, check their height and weight, and discuss any concerns you have about their toileting, diet, social development or sleep.

 

Did you know that your GP is a specialist in assessing, treating and managing common conditions in babies and children?  Referrals can be made when further non-GP input is required. 

 

Common Conditions

Eczema

Eczema is a very common condition in young children. For most children their eczema goes as they get older or reduces in severity. Eczema results from a problem in the skin barrier which is why emollients (moisturiser) are really important. Emollient puts the extra moisturiser back into the skin that is lost. It is important not to use a moisturiser that has food products in it as this can increase the risk of developing a severe food allergy later.

It is uncommon for eczema to be caused by something your child is eating. Avoiding irritants for eczema helps reduce symptoms. For example; bubble baths, soaps, over heating, wool. Dressing in cotton clothing reduces irritation to the skin.

For many children using steroid creams in appropriate quantities is important to reduce infection risk and long term skin changes.

If you are having difficulty managing your child’s eczema or would like to know more please book an appointment with your GP.

 
Asthma

Asthma is a common childhood condition.  Many children will grow out of their asthma symptoms as they get older, but some will continue to have asthma.

Asthma gives people a wheeze (noisy breathing) when they are in situations that cause their airways to narrow and produce too much mucous.  For some people their asthma may be triggered by viral infections, dust mites, pollens, cigarette smoke and change in weather.

Children under 2 are not considered to have asthma, but can have a wheeze associated with viral illnesses which may or may not respond to salbutamol (ventolin/asmol).

It is really important that anyone with asthma has a flu vaccination each year, has an asthma action plan and knows what to do when their asthma worsens.  Your GP and our practice nurse can help you with each of these.

If you smoke, and your child has asthma, it is important to smoke outside and wear a smoking jacket so that your children don’t then have contact with cigarette smoke on your clothes.  If you would like to quit smoking your GP can discuss options with you.

Constipation

Constipation is a common childhood problem.  For some children this may start when they begin solids, for other children when they are toilet training or if they have a particularly painful poo one day (fear of further pain will make them hold onto their poos causing constipation).

Constipation can be easily treated, but once resolved it is important to stay on the treatment for months and wean slowly to prevent constipation reoccurring.

Some children can be so constipated that they appear to have diarrhoea, because the poo is oozing around the solid lump of constipated poo!

Constipation can cause stomach pain or make children more prone to urinary tract infections.

Your GP is very happy to talk with you and your child about poos, wees and toilet training.