Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG give winter advice for asthmatic children

PUBLISHED: 17:05 23 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:06 23 September 2013

North Kent residents can receive advice on children dealing with asthma in the cold winter months from Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissoning Group.

It is supporting Asthma UK’s Teach Asthma a Lesson campaign.

GP Dr Bhaskar Bora, who chairs the CCG, said: “The onset of autumn and winter usually signals more coughs and colds. But it is important to remember that antibiotics are of no use in tackling viral infections.

“Many children have at least eight or more colds each year, and symptoms generally ease within five to seven days. All parents should ensure their children have enough fluids and rest to help their body fight any germs. Good hygiene is the best defence against germs, so parents should also teach their children to wash their hands regularly.

“If a child appears to be very ill, or has an exceptionally high temperature which can’t be reduced with off-the-shelf pain relief, parents should seek medical advice from their GP practice or by calling NHS 111 when their GP surgery is closed. The same rule applies if a child has a persistent cough or has a fever and a persistent cough.”

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