Childhood illnesses and accident prevention

What happens if your child is feeling unwell? All children get ill from time to time and many will get better by themselves and can be easily treated at home.


  • Small babies can become very poorly very quickly
  • You know your baby best
  • Do not wait too long if you are worried
  • Ask for help when you need it

A very ill baby may:

  • Be unusually sleepy or floppy
  • Have breathing difficulties , such as breathing fast or grunting
  • Be much less active
  • Take less than the normal feed in the previous 24 hours
  • Have less than four wet nappies in the previous 24 hours
  • Feel hot when looking pale, or they look mottled or blue
  • Has a spotty purple rash on their body could be a sign of meningitis

If you notice any of these, contact your doctor (or out of hours doctor) at once and find out what to do next. If you cannot talk to a doctor quickly, then take your baby/child to a walk-in centre, or to A&E.

Accident prevention

Car seat safety

General Household Safety

Safety in home / water safety

Safety in the home / burns and scalds

Safety in the home / Choking, suffocation and strangulation

Safety in the home / falls

Staying safe in the sun

Preventing choking – Parent tips

Keeping babies and children safe around dogs in the home