There are a variety of illnesses and infections that can affect young people during childhood and adolescence. To reduce this risk, it is important to maintain effective personal hygiene (including hand washing), and to ensure your child’s vaccinations are up to date.

Go to Immunisations / Vaccines for further information and the immunisation schedule.

As well as ensuring your child is looked after and treated effectively, on occasion it may be necessary to keep your child off school to prevent the spread of infection. The guidance for individual conditions are explored below, or can be viewed in an easy access table.

Derbyshire Handi App

A new app has been launched to provide advice and support to parents, carers and healthcare professionals looking after children with the most common childhood illnesses.The HANDi app has been developed by paediatric consultants and will give you access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, to help you provide the best support for your child and give you confidence in caring for them when they're unwell. The app describes care plans and guidance for the most common childhood health concerns, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chestiness
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • High temperature
  • Problems during the newborn period

Download the free app today

HANDi App for Android phones at Google Play.

HANDi App for iPhone and iPad in the App Store.