Children’s health

  • Rashes in babies and children

    Many things can cause a rash in babies and children, and they’re often nothing to worry about.

    The NHS provide support for identifying some of the common rashes in babies and children.

    NHS: Rashes in babies and children

  • NHS vaccinations and when to have them

    It’s important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection. Check the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by and contact your GP.

    NHS vaccinations and when to have them

  • Start for Life

    Trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

    Start for Life

  • Fever in Children

    A fever is a high temperature. As a general rule, a temperature of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above is a fever.

    Fever In Children leaflet (PDF)


  • Coughs in children

    This leaflet contains information about how to look after a child who has a cough (not due to asthma).

    Coughs in children leaflet (PDF)

  • Children’s Eczema

    An NHS nurse was asked what advice they’d give to parents of children with Eczema – and this is what they said.

    Children’s eczema (PDF)

  • Infant Feeding

    All babies feed differently and all will have their different habits and patterns. This is why it’s quite difficult to say what is normal this leaflet contains an explanation of the main sorts of feeding problems and what they mean.

    Infant feeding leaflet (PDF)

    Full early feeding and allergy prevention guidance for parents (PDF)

    Summary early feeding and allergy prevention guidance (PDF)

    BSACI: Early feeding

  • Nutrition for Infants and Children

    A great resource page with information about diet for infants and children, including weaning information, weaning for a vegetarian baby, and for babies and toddlers using an Asian Diet.


  • Children’s Centres

    There are a number of children’s centres across Manchester that offer a variety of friendly activities, events, help and support to families of children aged 0 to 5 years with advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families, baby massage sessions, breastfeeding support, stay and play opportunities.

    Find your nearest children’s centre

  • Is my child too ill for school?

    When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. These simple guidelines should help.


  • Early Help

    Every family has its ups and downs. Being a parent is hard work and there is nothing to be ashamed of in asking for help. Manchester’s Early Help service could help in a number of ways. Just talk to your GP, Health Visitor or other professional working with your family for a referral, or view the following information.

    Could you do with extra support?

    Early Help For Parents & Young People Services Directory

  • Health Visitors

    Manchester Health Visiting Service offers comprehensive advice and support to parents and carers of children from pre-birth to four and a half years. A health visitor is a registered nurse or midwife with specialist additional qualifications in child, family and public health who offers a range of advice and information on feeding, parenting skills, sleeping and healthy eating and a whole lot more.


  • Common childhood illnesses

    All children experience common illnesses like coughs, colds and chickenpox and having a fever is often a normal part of this.
    Treating your child’s illness yourself or with advice and medicines from your local pharmacy can often be the easiest and quickest way to help your child feel better. Be prepared by keeping at home what you need, for example paracetamol, a digital thermometer and plasters.
    Antibiotics are not needed for every illness and using them unnecessarily means they are less likely to work when we need them and could expose your child to side effects.

    Chicken Pox
    Diarrhoea and vomiting
    Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
    Slapped Cheek Syndrome
    Find out more about for your baby or child