Parents and carers of babies and young children in the Rochdale borough can benefit from a wealth of useful healthcare information in a new booklet produced by NHS HMR CCG. 

Featuring tips and advice about a range of common childhood illnesses and general wellbeing, the booklet is aimed at parents and carers of children from birth and beyond and is designed to fit inside the Red Book provided to every new mother.

Content covers the first months of a baby’s life, childhood injuries, general wellbeing, and local services, with topics ranging from feeding your baby, coughs, colds, earaches and fever, to safety in the home and emotional wellbeing.

All the content is clinically approved and taken from a range of reputable national sources, including National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance, the Department of Health, and NHS Choices (

Dr Danielle Peet, local GP and HMR CCG’s Clinical Lead for Children’s Services, said: “I think this is brilliant. The booklet aims to help parents and carers to navigate the daunting responsibility of identifying and treating a wide range of common childhood illnesses – often for the first time, helping you to understand how to give your child the best start in life.

“It’s not just about what you can do yourself, it also advises when it’s sensible to seek medical advice, and whether a pharmacist, health visitor, GP or emergency services is most appropriate.

“I would encourage every parent or carer to access this information, read it and keep it somewhere so you can refer to it whenever you need to.”

Copies will be given to parents of new-borns at their first health visitor assessment, and to parents of babies and toddlers up to two years old at their follow-up healthcare visits. Parents attending the children’s community nursing service will also be given a copy. If you aren’t offered one, ask for a copy.

Digital versions of the booklet are also available – there's a microsite with an online version of the booklet, a downloadable PDF and an app for android and iPhones – search ‘Child Health HMR’. 

This is part of HMR CCG’s work towards supporting the Rochdale Borough Children and Young People’s Partnership’s aim to make sure all Rochdale children and young people achieve their full potential.

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