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Know the basics

Being prepared and knowing the signs

Parents are usually good at noticing when something is wrong with their baby from quite early on. It is normal to worry that you won't recognise the signs that your baby is unwell. Trust your instincts, you know your baby best.

Learn how to spot the signs of serious illness and how to cope if an accident happens. If you know the basics and you are well prepared, you will find it easier to cope - and less scary. Keep a small supply of useful medicines in a locked cabinet or somewhere up high where a child cannot reach them. There is a useful list under pharmacist says, of things to have at home just in case. Make sure you’ve got the right strength of medicine for the age of your child, always follow instructions carefully and check use by dates. Read the label carefully.

If your baby seems to have a serious illness it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible. 

Pharmacist says

Keep a small supply of useful medicines. Include things like:


My baby is crying more than usual and seems to be irritable and hot.


Is there a fever, have you checked their temperature?

Have you tried paracetamol? Remember to check the label to give the right dose.


If you have tried this and it has not worked see the fever section.

Source: NHS Choices