Child Health

Which Doctor should you see?

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

Your pregnancy and baby guide from the NHS

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.

Childhood illness visual guide

Use this visual NHS 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.

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.

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.

Website: www.eric.org.uk

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

Website: www.glos-care.nhs.uk/school-nursing-continence

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.

Website: www.rewardsproject.org

Parenting Advice

Aha! Parenting

Dr. Laura Markham shares actionable advice for parents of newborns to teenagers.

Website: www.ahaparenting.com

Attachment Parenting UK

Trusting your instinct, trusting your child – Attachment Parenting UK expert advice, find an APUK group, coaching , online shop and more.

Website: www.attachmentparenting.co.uk

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

If you have concerns about your child and wish to discuss it with the GP we will need the information in advance. Once you have submitted all the information the reception team will contact you to book a routine telephone appointment with one of our GPs to discuss. We will notify you when this will be. If this information is incomplete, we may contact you to resubmit with additional required information. Please complete our Child Behaviour Questionnaire.

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

Advice For Caring For Someone With 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

Website: www.nas-gloucestershire.com

Email: nasgloucestershirebranch@nas.org.uk

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.

www.glos-care.nhs.uk/school-nursing-mental-health

www.glos-care.nhs.uk/school-nursing-self-harm

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

www.ticplus.org.uk

Other support in Gloucestershire:

www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/young-peoples-mental-health

www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk

Kooth

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

Website: kooth.com

Child Mental Health

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

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

Website: www.glos-care.nhs.uk

Safer Sleep and reduction of Sudden Infant Deaths

Website: www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice

Happy Maps

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

Facebook: @happymaps.co.uk

Website: www.happymaps.co.uk

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!

Website: www.bristol.ac.uk

Potty Training

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

Website: www.eric.org.uk/potty-training

Vaccination planner

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

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.

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.

Website: www.bda.uk.com

Please view: Weaning your child

Please view: Suitable milks for children with cows milk allergy

School Exclusion for Infections

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

Website: patient.info

How to Calm a Child with Autism

How to Calm a Child with Autism

Website: www.verywellhealth.com

Create a Sensory Safe Yard for Children with Special Needs

Website: www.wikilawn.com

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

Website: www.netmums.com/gasp

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 

Website: www.youthsupportteam.co.uk

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 

Website: www.themix.org.uk

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

Website: www.glos-care.nhs.uk

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.

Website: Gloucestershire Health and Care: Children’s and Young People’s Physiotherapy Referral

Home Safety

Website: www.glos-care.nhs.uk/our-services/children-young-people/home-safety

How do I prepare for life as an adult?

The films on the website below offer helpful guidance to autistic young people, or anyone, preparing for adulthood:

A factsheet accompanies each film, with further information on where to get support.

The films were created in 2019 before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow the latest government advice when meeting with other people, going to school/college/work or going out into your community.