How to know when your baby is ill

Baby Check booklet helps you decide when your baby needs medical help


The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) has a new-look Baby Check booklet that can be downloaded from their website for free. The booklet helps you know if and when you should seek medical attention for you baby.


The booklet works by scoring and assessing your baby’s symptoms. It was created from a 4-year project that analysed the signs and symptoms of illness in more than 1,000 babies under 6 months. The accuracy of Baby Check has been tested in field trials, too.

“Studies have highlighted the problem of parents failing to recognise how ill a child is and the importance of using scoring systems to determine seriousness of symptoms. Parents can download this resource and follow the straightforward instructions to make a check on their baby,” FSID director, Joyce Epstein, said.


FSID works to prevent sudden deaths and promote baby health, and runs a helpline (020 7233 2090) if you’re after advice on safe baby care. You can also visit FSID online for more help.

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