The cases of Chickenpox and Scarlet Fever have been rising throughout the UK – this can be worrying for families, and it can sometimes be difficult to know when you need to see your GP or get advice from your health visitor.

We are pleased to announce we have just updated our iHV Parent Tips on Chickenpox and Scarlet Fever. These leaflets will give you advice on what to look out for, how to look after your child or baby at home, and where you can get more information and support from.

Remember, if you are worried about your child or baby, contact your health visitor, GP or call NHS 111 for advice and support.


The iHV is delighted to share new Good Practice Points providing up-to-date evidence and references for our members:

NEW: GPP – Signs and symptoms of Varicella (chickenpox) and knowing what to look for

These Good Practice Points, authored by authored by Bridget Halnan, Senior Lecturer in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting, and Barbara Potter, RN RHV BSc (Hons) MPH PGCHE FHEA Project Development Manager Institute of Health Visiting, set out what health visitors need to know about the signs and symptoms of Varicella (chickenpox) and what to look for.

Health visitors have a key role in offering advice on the treatment and management of children who have Varicella (chickenpox), as well as identifying vulnerable or at risk groups who may need referral to their GP or a specialist.

Please note that these GPPs are available to iHV members only.

If you’re not a member, please join us to get access to all of our resources.

The iHV is a self-funding charity – we can only be successful in our mission to strengthen health visiting practice if the health visiting profession and its supporters join us on our journey. We rely on our membership to develop new resources for our members.

So do join us now!

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