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Help for parents – online health tools

This month we focus on two examples of child health related tools for parents available via the NHS Choices website.
screen grab of vaccination website

This month we focus on two examples of child health-related tools for parents available via the NHS Choices website.

Common skin rashes in babies

This tool is a web page written for parents or carers and is an aid to help them decide the cause of a rash on their babys skin and when to see a doctor.

The tool includes real life photographs of common rashes and information about the cause, prognosis and treatment where appropriate.

There are also hyperlinks to the NHS Choices webpages that provide more in-depth information, advice and support on conditions, such as atopic eczema. The tool includes warning signs of meningitis and stresses the need to see a doctor immediately. The tool is free to use.

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This month we focus on two examples of child health-related tools for parents available via the NHS Choices website.

Common skin rashes in babies

screen grab of skin rash website

This tool is a web page written for parents or carers and is an aid to help them decide the cause of a rash on their baby’s skin and when to see a doctor.

The tool includes real life photographs of common rashes and information about the cause, prognosis and treatment where appropriate.

There are also hyperlinks to the NHS Choices’ webpages that provide more in-depth information, advice and support on conditions, such as atopic eczema. The tool includes warning signs of meningitis and stresses the need to see a doctor immediately. The tool is free to use.

www.nhs.uk/conditions/skin-rash-babies/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Vaccination plan

screen grab of vaccination website

This tool is an interactive vaccination planner for parents or carers. By entering their baby’s date of birth a personalised calendar is produced with an option to download a wall planner.

The calendar lists which vaccines are due and the date they are due by up until the child is 18 years old. Included in the calendar next to each batch of vaccines is an information linking to more detail about each vaccination and what it protects against.

This tool is free to use and there is an option for web developers to embed it in health promotion-related websites.

www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/NHSvaccinationplanner.aspx?Tag=Child+health


Compiled by Linda Milnes, associate professor in children and young people’s nursing at the University of Leeds, on behalf of the RCN’s Research in Child Health Community’s core network

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