Health Visiting


What happens if your child is feeling unwell? All children get ill from time to time. Many illnesses get better by themselves and can be easily treated at home.

  • Small babies can become very poorly very quickly
  • You know your baby best
  • Do not wait too long if you are worried
  • Ask for help when you need it
A very ill baby may:
  • Be unusually sleepy or floppy
  • Have breathing difficulties , such as breathing fast or grunting
  • Be much less active
  • Take less than the normal feed in the previous 24 hours
  • Have less than four wet nappies in the previous 24 hours
  • Feel hot when looking pale, or they look mottled or blue
  • Has a spotty purple rash on their body could be a sign of meningitis


If you notice any of these contact your doctor (or out of hours doctor) at once and find out what to do next. If you cannot talk to a doctor quickly, then take your baby/child to a walk-in centre, or to A&E

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If ever in doubt, talk to a health professional, or seek medical advice.

The health visiting team will be notified if your child attends out of hours, a walk-in centre or A&E. A member of the team may contact you to see how your child add.

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Please explore the following sections for more information:
Your guide to breastfeeding
Your guide to maternal mental health