Child health


Having an ill child or dealing with a minor injury can be daunting, but parents are often in the best position to help their child get better quickly. Understanding more about common childhood injuries or illnesses can help you decide what to do.

Please read the following pages for more information:

For more self-care videos about ear ache, sore throats, eczema, head lice, ring worm, tension headaches and gastroenteritis, please visit our main Self-care webpage.

In all cases, if you are still worried about your child after caring for them at home, get further advice from your GP surgery or by calling NHS 111. In an emergency situation, dial 999 for an ambulance.

Signs of possible serious illness:

  • Your child is very drowsy or irritable and doesn’t improve after taking paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Your child has problems breathing – e.g. rapid breaths, short of breath or ’working hard’ to breathe (which sometimes looks as though the skin below the ribs gets sucked in when they inhale).
  • Cold or discoloured hands or feet with a warm body.
  • Unusual skin colour (pale or blue around lips)
  • Persistent high temperature (40c or above) which does not come down with treatment.
  • An infant who is not feeding or any child showing signs of dehydration.

More information can be found at

Transforming Services For Children and Young People's Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing

You can find more information and read an update about the transformation plans for both Cumbria and Lancashire here

Read the most recent transformation plans here for Cumbria.

Read the most recent transformation plans for Lancashire


The new social care and support guide on the NHS website is for people who might need social care services, their families and carers. It helps them to understand their options and access the care they need. For information about children’s services please visit the Children and Young People's Services page on the NHS website.