Child Health

Coronavirus/Covid-19: Helpful advice

Navigating through Coronavirus information is difficult for most of those but for those who have additional needs there are increased difficulties.

The following resources can help:

Coping with isolation: with Covid isolation

Social distancing: social distancing story

Child Mental Health

For information and advice on child mental health, please view our leaflets below:

Patients aged 10 to 18 with mental health worries can visit

Further help can be found at:

How to Calm a Child with Autism

How to Calm a Child with Autism


Create a Sensory Safe Yard for Children with Special Needs



Vaccination planner

Download a personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

BDA - The Association of UK Dietitians

The BDA is the only body in the UK representing the whole of the dietetic workforce. They are a trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of their members.


Please view: Weaning your child

Please view: Suitable milks for children with cows milk allergy

Tooth Decay in Children

In children aged 5 and above, the biggest cause of admission to hospital is for dental extraction for tooth decay. We need to talk about sugar.


Childhood illness visual guide

Use this visual guide to help you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child. Includes conditions such as measles, slapped cheek syndrome, chicken pox and warts.


Caring for Children with Coughs

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

View our information poster!


Concerns about ADHD or Autism

If you are concerned regarding your child’s behaviour it is important that you speak to the school first. Before an onward referral by the GP can be made, more information has to be acquired.

If you are concerned regarding ADHD you will be required to attend a parenting course before you can be referred.

Please also approach the school for a classroom observation report and My Plan, and, if possible, an Educational Psychologist’s report. The paediatric team may reject a referral if there is not enough information.

A SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) report must be completed by school/SENCo/Pastoral support and submitted with the referral: SENCo Supporting Information

Please download, print and complete this form to bring with you to the GP appointment. This information is vital and will help with the onward referral.

Please print off the letter below to give to the school if you are concerned that your child may have Autism.

Next steps if you have concerns about ADHD or Autism

National Autistic Society

Gloucestershire branch of the National Autistic Society offers help, support and information to parents, carers, and their families.

NAS Autism Helpline (Monday to Thursday, 10:00-16:00 and Friday, 09:00-15:00): 0808 800 4104

Parent to Parent Support Line: 0808 800 4104



Childhood Mental Health

Knowing that your child is struggling with their mental health can make us feel helpless and it is important to know where to turn. Many schools have access to counsellors and all have an assigned school nurse who can offer support in person or via text message support.

Teens in Crisis offer face to face or web based support to children and young adults aged nine to 21 and their families.

Other support in Gloucestershire:


Free anonymous online chat for young people to discuss mental health issues.


Gloucester Youth Support Team

We aim to offer quick, responsive and effective intervention to vulnerable young people. We work with them and their families to identify the best support for them within their own communities.

Telephone: 01452 547540 


Gloucestershire Community Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service

The service aims to support children and young people with a range of conditions by providing them and their families with support, advice and physical intervention to promote optimum outcome for the child and their family.

Information and factsheets

Children's Liver Disease Foundation - Coronavirus Update

Please view an update for parents with regards to Coronavirus from the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation


Which Doctor should you see?

At Aspen Medical practice the following doctors have a special interest in Child Health: Dr Holdcroft, Dr Hanlon, Dr R Khalid, Dr Raj, Dr Wilson and Dr Zafar

Find out More About Health Visitors

Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives from a wide range of backgrounds with a wealth of experience.

You can find out more about them and their work in this short film produced by Gloucestershire Care Services with the help of local parents and children.

Potty Training

Please talk to your health visitor if you need additional support and advice.


Healthy Start

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You could qualify if you’re on benefits, or if you’re pregnant and under 18.

Looking after your child’s health

Looking after your child’s health: An NHS guide for parents and carers of children aged up to five.

School Exclusion for Infections

Information about common childhood infections and whether or not children should go to school.


Childhood Bowel and Bladder Issues

The Eric website is a very useful resource if you have issues around childhood bowel and bladder issues, with information about bedwetting, constipation and soiling, and daytime bladder problems.


For children of school age the school nurse manages bowel and bladder issues including referrals.


Gloucester Autism Support Group (GASP)

A supportive group for those with a child who is on the Autistic Spectrum or thinks might be. It meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 10:00-12:00 at the Spring Centre, Quedgeley.

Telephone (Spring Centre): 01452 725935


The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 


Happy Maps

Happy Maps offer information and advice for all ages from babies to young adults.




harmLESS is a resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming.


Children in Care Health Service

Our aim is to promote and look after the health of children in care. We do this by ensuring that high quality health assessments are offered to young people in care and the health professionals are equipped to deal with identifying and providing for their health needs.

Telephone: 01452 895245


Children's Occupational Therapy

The Children’s Occupational Therapy (OT) service aims to provide an effective, safe, high quality service to enable children, young people and their families to reach their full potential in activities of daily living at home, school, college and their community.

Telephone: 0300 421 6988