Children - medicines, advice and help



HANDi Paediatric has been developed by the Paediatric team at Musgrove Park Hospital to provide expert support to parents/carers and medical professionals looking after children with the most common childhood illnesses.

Parent/carer guidance includes illness specific home assessment guidelines, signposting to the appropriate healthcare setting, and illness information.


Each of the 6 common childhood illnesses has a home care plan to help parents/carers provide the best support for their child.
Have a look at each of the 3 pathways for each of the 6 common conditions.
• Diarrhoea (Gastroenteritis)
• Chesty Baby (Bronchiolitis)
• Chesty Child (Wheeze and Asthma)
• High temperature
• Abdominal Pain
• Common newborn problems


HANDiPaediatric is available for Android or Apple. 


Medicines for children 


Medicines for Children is a partnership programme by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists (NPPG) and WellChild. 


Medicines information leaflets cover many of the medicines that are prescribed or recommended to children by health professionals. They answer parent questions about how and when to give the medicine, what to do if you forget to give the medicine or give it twice, and any possible side-effects.


Medicines for Children features instructional films to help parents with giving different medicines to their children, including tablets, capsules, liquid medicine, injections, suppositories and enemas, eye drops/ointment and ear drops.


Watch this one minute video where a mum talks about using this resource.




Learning to  swallow tablets and capsules


If you have to take tablets or capsules regularly then trying different techniques will help.


We are particulary impressed by this video from the University of Calgary - the technique needs practice, but if your child needs to take regular medicines long-term it could be worthwhile.