Although most RTIs in children are
benign, self-limiting illnesses, the ‘art’ for the GP is in recognising
those children who are developing signs of a more serious illness.
parents worry about whether their child might be developing a serious
illness, and often re-consult because of fears that something more
serious is developing.
In order to help parents manage their child’s
illness with more confidence, and to ensure that parents are consulting
appropriately and seriously ill children are not being missed, it is
important that parents understand what they should be looking out for,
and when they should re-consult.
We have developed a section of the
booklet that describes concerning features and gives parents advice on
when to re-consult. In addition, there are pictures of a ‘septicaemic
rash’ and the ‘glass test’. The advice in this section is based upon the
latest literature and has been reviewed by groups of GPs and two
consultant paediatricians. Click here to view this section now.
make sure that you at least direct the parents to this section, and if
possible that you briefly go through it with them. It is important to
give this information in a balanced way, highlighting the fact that
these serious illnesses are rare, so as not to scare the parent.
final video clip shows the clinician highlighting this section. It also
shows her personalising the booklet by writing the child’s name on the
front and contact numbers on the back.