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.


On World Sepsis Day, iHV launches a new Parent Tip – Recognising Sepsis in a child.

Sepsis is a rare but serious life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs (NICE, 2017). It is also known as blood poisoning or septicaemia.

Sepsis needs treatment in hospital straight away because it can get worse quickly. It is important to recognise the signs as early as possible.

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This Parent Tip joins our suite of Parent Tips  – our helpful factsheets to help parents to find expert advice on key areas of looking after their new baby from when they are born to when they go to school. Written by experts in the field, they cover topics such as feeding, health, behaviour and development, and are based on up-to-date research and the experience and knowledge of real-life health visitors working across the UK.