When should I worry?

'When Should I Worry?' is a booklet developed by researchers at Cardiff University.

It provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear aches) in children, and has been designed to be used in primary care consultations.

Its use was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial, where it was shown that use of the booklet could result in a two-thirds reduction in antibiotic prescribing without impacting on parental satisfaction. Click here to see the BMJ paper describing the trial results.

Order booklets online

You can order colour glossy booklets (in bundles of 50) from the Royal College of GPs bookshop: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/bookshop/practice-library/when-should-i-worry-your-guide-to-coughs-colds-earache--sore-throats-nhs-england.aspx

Download / view booklet (pdf)

You can also download a free PDF of the booklet, which can be used for non-commercial uses:

International translated versions: 

Please note we cannot guarantee their accuracy of the translations, the original version was designed for use in the UK.

If you are planning on using the booklet in consultations, we recommend that you complete the free training in use of the booklet on this website first, and that you thoroughly familiarise yourself with the booklet contents.

If you have any questions about the booklet, please contact us.