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  • spotting the symptoms and treatment of german measles

    Thanks to the MMR vaccine, German measles (or rubella, as it's also known) is now pretty rare in the UK. It's also fairly mild in children, and tends to get better by itself in about a week to ten days

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  • measles: symptoms and treatment

    Vaccinations may have done a great job at cutting back on measles in the UK, but it's still a little too early to rule it out just yet. It's rare, but any children who haven't had the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine (or who live in areas with low uptake) are still at risk. This is why we've created a short guide to help you spot and treat the signs and symptoms of measles in your little one.

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  • looking after a little one with roseola

    Roseola is a viral infection that comes with a pinkish-red rash, hence the name. Like a lot of children’s rashes, it looks more alarming than it is, and usually clears up on its own within a week. Here’s how to spot and treat roseola.

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  • managing hand, foot and mouth in children

    Hand, foot and mouth disease is common among under-10s. It’s likely that at some point your little one’s nursery or playgroup will have an outbreak of this highly contagious – but not dangerous – disease. Here’s what you need to know about this curiously-named virus.

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  • how to help your child through chicken pox

    As an illness, chicken pox is so common that it's practically a rite of passage. It's easy to catch but also straightforward to treat and – happily – it's usually mild. Stock up on Calpol and calamine and be prepared for a week or so in quarantine

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  • how to deal with ringworm in children

    Ringworm is remarkably common, easily treated and very mild (it also has nothing to do with worms. Go figure). It is really contagious, but there are a few simple steps you can take to help stop it spreading.

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  • how to spot and treat scarlet fever

    Scarlet fever is less common than it used to be, but it's still worth staying aware of its symptoms. Here's how to spot the signs and get your child on the mend if they catch the infection.

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  • reflux in babies: symptoms and treatment

    We’ve found you one more use for those magical little muslin squares (didn’t think that was possible, did you?). While your baby’s still very young, they're likely to spit up milk after feeding. It’s perfectly normal and, yes, it's just as messy as it sounds.

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  • pneumonia in children: the symptoms and when to act

    Pneumonia can affect little ones of all ages. It's worth knowing the facts, so you can act quickly if your baby or child does ever catch it. Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be hard to tell the difference between a bad cold and pneumonia

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  • reye's syndrome: symptoms, causes and treatment

    Thankfully many viruses and infections are a little hard to come by these days, but it still pays to know how to spot them. Reye's syndrome is rare, but it's fast moving and serious, especially for little ones. If baby is recovering from a virus – like the flu, chicken pox, or even a cold – they are more susceptible to catching it. The key is to spot it as early as possible and contact a medical professional.

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  • allergies

    No one really knows why allergies are so much more common these days. One theory is that our sanitised germ-free world – with anti-bacterial cleansers scouring our houses – doesn't give our babies' immune systems the kick-start they need.

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  • managing asthma: from triggers to treatments

    Asthma is one of the most common illnesses seen in young children and the number of children affected is increasing each year. Treatment for asthma is, however, very effective. Most children with asthma find that their symptoms can be easily controlled with medicines.

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  • understanding autism in children

    More than one in 100 people have some form of autism – the term used for a range of difficulties with understanding social life, communication and coping with change. It's a part of who they are and there isn't a treatment. But the earlier you discover your child is autistic, the sooner they can get support and you can begin to understand their world.

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  • diabetes in children

    If your little one is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it’s an anxious time for everyone. However, managing the condition is usually pretty straightforward, and there’s a lot of support available out there. We’ve got the lowdown on what you need to know.

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  • infectious diseases

    Little ones pick up little bugs all the time, and it's usually nothing to worry about. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids and keep an eye on their temperature to make sure they're not too hot. No one knows your baby like you, so if you're really worried speak to your doctor or health visitor for reassurance.

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  • first aid for children

    Accidents happen, especially with little ones around, and knowing a bit of first aid for children makes coping with an emergency much easier. If you feel like you can't deal with the injury yourself, always phone 999.

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