How to know when your baby is ill

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

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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.

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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.

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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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