Health Updates & Warnings

Statement on Vitamin D Supplementation for Breastfed Babies

The whole UK population is at risk of low Vitamin D status due to living much of our life indoors and in a country with limited sunlight.  Please take a look at the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Intiative Infosheet at the bottom of this page.

Boots - Free Children's Eye Checks

(information received January 2017)

There are an estimated one million children in the UK who can't see clearly which can impact their development.  Make sure nothing holds them back with Boots exclusive eye check storybook.  They have developed Zookeeper Zoe, a free interactive storybook containing a range of eye check activities to read with your child and help you understand if they might need support with their vision.

Join the adventure and download the free eye check storybood app or read online at

When Should I Worry

Your guide to Coughs, Colds, Earache & Sore Throats

(information received January 2017)

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents.  If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control.  Please take a look at the booklet below which is for parents and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy. It is not meant for children who have ongoing health problems such as asthma, heart, or kidney problems.  (You should not rely on the advice in this leaflet for children who ar less than 3 months old)

The Bednest Beside Crib Safety Statement

(information received January 2017)

Following the tragic death of baby Grace Roseman in 2015 and subsequent inquest, please note that all cribs sold prior to November 2015 need modification.  You will find the full statement from Bednest Ltd at the bottom of this page

Which Flu Vaccine Should Children Have? (November 2016)

Please see the "5 Reasons To Vaccinate Your Child Against Flu" poster and the information sheet explaining the two different types of flu vaccine at the bottom of this page .

We have also added information about Measles, Norovirus and Sepsis rceived from Public Health England.

Is Your Child Turning 2? (October 2016)

Look out for a letter from the NHS inviting you to their health and development review.  At the review, you can talk to a member of your health visiting team about your child's progress and ask any questions you might have.

To find out more go to or call  Surrey Famly Information Service on 0300 200 1004.

Free ‘Life-Saving’ Babygrow Launched By St John Ambulance And Tesco To Teach Baby CPR (October 2016)

An exclusive (and free) babygrow designed to help teach parents how to give baby CPR is being launched by a leading charity.

St John Ambulance, together with Tesco, has created the limited edition bodysuit for threeto six month-old babies to educate new parents. 

The launch comes after the charity found that 74% of mums and dads said that their baby not breathing is the first aid emergency they “fear most”.

In the survey of 2,000 parents, they also found only one in four knew what to do if their baby stopped breathing. 

The babygrows will be available in Tesco stores on Thursday 13 October, with an optional donation going to St John Ambulance.  Please take a look at the information at the bottom of this page.

Formula Preparation Machines (October 2016)

Please take a look at the information / guidelines sheet below from First Steps Nutrition Trust regarding formula preparation machines....

CAPT - Button Batteries (October 2016)

Button batteries and lithium coin batteries are the small, round batteries you find in lots of toys and everyday objects.  They can be extremely dangerous for children if swallowed - especially lithium coin batteries - and can kill within hours.  Please refer to the information sheet below.

Start Active, Stay Active (August 2016)

Being active is important for children under five because it helps them build and maintain a good level of health. Please take a look at the information sheets and guidelines received from BHF National Centre and UK Chief Medical Office at the bottom of this page...

A Clean and healthy start to school (August 2016)

Working together to promote good hygiene.  The makers of Dettol have partnered with the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association (CPHVA) and produced a guide for parents and carers who have children starting school.  Please take a look at the leaflet below.

Oral Health (August 2016)

Take a look at the tips, advice and information sheet below regarding oral health.  You can also visit  To find a dentist:

Dental Trauma Advice (August 2016)

Please take a look at the guidance sheet below for advice on damaged teeth.

Electrical Socket Inserts Warning  (June 2016)

(socket covers or protectors)

We have been advised that 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social care premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence. 

Please refer to for more information.

Zika in pregnancy (February 2016)

Visit for more advice.  Don't forget that there is also a very useful children's health section.

National Burn Awareness Day

(October 2015)


Prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring each year, especially in children and the elderly.


1) Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewelry (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound).

2) Call for help - 999, 111 or local GP for advice.

3) Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.

First Aid Advice from the British Burn Association

 Count The Kicks (August 2015) 

A baby's movements indicates it's well being.  Your Midwife and Doctors are there to help you through your pregnancy and need to know if you have any worries.   For more information visit their website or download the Count The Kicks Phone App. Larger versions of this poster are displayed within the Children's Centre.



Nappy Sacks Warning (August 2015)

Child deaths caused by nappy disposal bags

There were two known child deaths caused by nappy disposal bags in the Thames Valley area last year.  These deaths were caused by babies suffocating on bags left within easy reach.  The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) has investigated these cases and asked Public Health England (PHE) to raise awareness of this issue. 

Nappy sacks can kill - at least 14 babies in England and Wales have already died.  Making some simple changes can make a big difference to your children's safety and prevent any more babies from needlessly dying.  Please read the "Babies can suffocate on nappy sacks" leaflet below.

Keeping your child safe at Home (0-24 months) (July 2015)

Larger versions of this poster are displayed within the Children's Centre.

Is your home really safe?

High places, buckets of water, open windows… - danger spots like these attract young crawlers and walkers like magnets. Taking a few safety measures now will make life a whole lot easier once your baby starts walking.

• Mind that bleach! Be alert to bathroom hazards
• It's never too early - check out our toddler-proofing checklist
• All better! Treating bites and scratches

Do visit for detailed advice and information.

Bath Time Warning (July 2015)

Did you know that serious accidents to children peak between 3-7pm?

Two types of accidents are related to bath time: drowning and serious scalds.

Drowning and near-drowning
Your baby or toddler is sitting happily in the bath unaided or in a bath seat. What could possibly happen to them in the time it takes to pop to the airing cupboard to get a towel?

Answer: They could drown or suffer a near-drowning accident and sustain life-changing injuries.

Serious scalds from bath water
Many scalds happen when a child gets into the bath before it’s ready, leans over the bath to pick out a toy and falls in, or plays with the hot tap when they're in the bath. Bath water can cause such bad burns that children need years of treatment and may be scarred for life.

Please be aware and never leave your child unattended during bathtime.

Don't Bottle it up (July 2015)

Take the alcohol test.  Pick up a "Don't Bottle It UP" scratch card from the Children's Centre.

Get free, personalised advice about  alcohol at by spending just two minutes answering some confidential questions about your drinking.  You can also find out where to get support locally and much more.  This initiative is from The Substance Misuse Team within Public Health (Surrey County Council).

Heatwave: how to cope (July 2015)

Please take a look at the NHS choices website for tips to help you stay cool, comfortable and well when it's hot.

  • Water and drinks
  • Sun safety Q&A
  • Can I use last year's sun cream?

Take a look at the "Sun Safety Q&A" and "Summer Safety" for young children information below.

Help Stop Childhood Obesity before it starts (July 2015)

Its a race against time.  If we carry on as we are, 90% of today's children could be overweight or obese by 2050.  Changes have to be made now if we are to stem the rising tide of obesity.  Please take a look at the Change4Life information leaflet below.

We also have copies of the following NHS Start4Life and Change4Life leaflets in the Children's Centre, please pop in to get a copy.

  • Building blocks for a better start in life
  • Breastfeeding at study or work
  • Introducing solid food
  • Be food smart taster recipes
  • Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives - why your child's weight matters
  • How many ways are you changing?

Non Life Threatening Accidents (May 2015)

Is it for me? A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, is it a real emergency?

You can dial 111 for fast, reliable medical help and advice for anything that is not a life-threatening emergency. If you think you need to go to A&E but you’re not sure, call 111 first and talk to a fully trained adviser supported by experienced nurses and paramedics.111 is a new service that is being introduced across the country to make it easier for people to find the right local health services quickly when they need them.

Urgent Alert on Bath Safety (January 2015)

Public Health England (PHE) has issued an urgent alert on bath safety and especially the use of bath seats, following a series of deaths and near misses reported by London's Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs).

Bath seats have been implicated in each case, and according to reports, one in three deaths from accidental drowning in children aged 0-2 involve bath seats.  Please read the in-depth article from Child Accident Prevention Trust online which covers the nature of risk and advice to parents.

Scarlet Fever

There has been an increase in cases of scarlet fever which is likely to rise over the coming weeks.  Scarlet Fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus (GAS).  Please take a look at the 'Scarlet fever: frequently asked questions' advice sheet received from Public Health England, below.

HomeChild Safety Week 2014

Top 10 accident prevention messages

  1. Every day 11 toddlers are rushed into hospital because it’s thought they’ve swallowed something dangerous. Detergent capsules and concentrated detergents are really convenient but pose new risks to young children. If yours are under the sink, take a couple of minutes to move them to a high cupboard or one with a lock, away from little hands.
  2. Remember some 3-4 year olds can open child ‘resistant caps in seconds (child ‘resistant’ doesn’t mean child ‘proof’), so keep medicines in a locked or high cupboard too. Don’t forget the painkillers in your handbag!
  3. Six toddlers are admitted to hospital every day because they’ve been so badly burned. A hot drink can burn a young child even 15 minutes after it has been made, so put your baby down before you pick up yours and don’t pass hot drinks over children’s heads.
  4. A 1/3 of children and young people injured crossing the road admit they didn’t stop at the kerb and just as many said they didn’t even look.
  5. At least 2 children every year die after getting caught in a blind cord and being strangled. It takes seconds to tie yours back round a hook to keep loops out of reach of climbing children. Move children’s cots, beds and highchairs away from window blinds too.
  6. In five seconds a toddler’s skin can be burned so badly by hot tap water that they need to go to hospital. So take a second to put the cold water in first and top up with hot, then test the water with your elbow, to reduce the risk of your child being burned.
  7. Hair straighteners stay hot enough to badly burn a child 8 minutes after being unplugged. So take a moment to lift them off the floor or the door handle and put them where they can’t be reached.
  8. Every day 45 toddlers are admitted to hospital after a fall. Take the time to fit a window lock so it will only open to 6cm (2.5 inches). Falling downstairs can damage your babies brain as well as their body so make sure you use safety gates on stairs.
  9. Thick, black smoke from a fire can fill your home in minutes and kill your child in seconds. So get a smoke alarm fitted on every level of your home and test it regularly.
  10. Toddlers can choke on food that’s too big, even just the size of a grape. Take a minute to cut their food up into small pieces.