We’re seeing an increase in severe respiratory illness in children as restrictions ease and people mix more, with cases higher than usual for this time of year and further increases expected over the winter months.
Symptoms of severe respiratory infection in children, include:
- a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)
- a dry and persistent cough
- difficulty feeding
- rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).
As a reminder, resources for clinicians are available on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health website
- Difficulty breathing and wheeze
- Bronchitis – advice for parents and carers of children younger than one year old
The CCG is undertaking a series of actions to increase use of the HANDi paediatric app locally, as the app includes clinical pathways and advice for chestiness.
GP practices are extremely busy right now and one of the things you and we can do to try and reduce some of the contacts is signpost parents to download the app for advice and guidance, so that more children can be managed through this helpful tool.