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National Carers Week

Be Confident During National Carers Week

 Date of release: Wednesday 10th June 2015

More and more relatives in the Wolverhampton and Cannock area are becoming daytime carers for youngsters in their family.

Different generations get lots of pleasure from spending time with each other. Older relatives can provide emotional support and introduce children to new experiences plus this invaluable support network contributes massively to the UK economy saving around £4billion.

But looking after toddlers, especially when there’s a scrape, an unexplained rash or a tumble in the playground can make caring even more challenging!  To help prevent that ‘sick feeling in the pit of your stomach’ it’s a good idea to know the best place to go should anything happen to a child in your care.

Being prepared helps so here’s a handy guide:

  • Grazed knees and sort throats are best treated at home with the first aid kit, lots of rest, quiet and fluids plus some cuddles.
  • Diarrhoea, runny noses, coughs or skin irritation would benefit from a trip to the pharmacy.  These healthcare professionals can help advise on the best treatment for all ages, but particularly under 5s who may need specialist medicine.
  • Vomiting, ear pain or stomach ache?  The GP or health visitor is the best person to see.  Parents will have the contact details.  Simply make a note next time they drop the child off.
  • If it’s urgent such as a cut that may need stitches or a bite that looks infected simply log onto www.nhs.uk and put your location or postcode into Urgent Care search box and it will tell you the nearest NHS facility.
  • If you’re not sure and would like to talk to someone call NHS111. If you’ve not used it before, simply dial 111 and you will be put through to speak to someone.

Dr Jonathan Odum, Medical Director at The Royal Wolvehrampton NHS Trust, said: “Looking after energetic toddlers can be tough, even more so when they inevitably take a tumble or get more than they bargained for exploring on a walk.  Understanding where to go if anything does happen offers peace of mind.  Knowing the right NHS service often means you get seen quicker and have a better experience and outcome.  www.nhs.uk can be accessed on a smartphone so even if you’re out and about you can still find the right NHS care.”
For further information please contact Richard Radcliffe.

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