COVID19:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, and to help keep you and our colleagues safe we’re following national guidance and minimising face to face contacts. We will continue to support you through video consultation, telephone consultations and virtual clinics and we’ll see you face to face where this is safe, and the most appropriate way to support you in line with the national guidance.

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Resources for parents and carers during COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, baby clinics and parenting groups in Lancashire have been suspended. We would like to reassure parents and carers that our health visitors are still available for support. Please contact our Single Point of Access on 0300 247 0040 or at VCL.019.SinglePointofAccess@nhs.net to speak to a health visitor.

 

Information on feeding and caring for your baby during the COVID 19 pandemic can be found here

How to recognise if your baby is breastfeeding well

How to tell if bottle feeding is going well

Institute of Health Visiting – Coping with a crying baby during the COVID-19 pandemic

ICON – Support for coping with crying babies

Wondering about your baby’s growth? Top tips here

Home safety guidance

Safety at home – ROSPA’s Accident Free, Avoid A&E campaign

Safety information from the Child Accident Prevention Trust

The free Mum and Baby App

Kooth: Emotional wellbeing and counselling support for children and young people 

The Communication Trust – support with speech, language and education

Helping my child return to school after coronavirus

 

Useful videos from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

A message to encourage families to access care when they need to

A message to encourage mums-to-be to keep antenatal appointments

 

Coronavirus: online safety

The Children’s Commissioner for England, in association with the privacy law firm Schillings, has produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help keep children safe and well online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the news story: Digital safety and wellbeing kit
Download the kit: Parents’ digital safety and wellbeing kit (PDF)
Download the guideChildren’s guide to staying safe online (PDF)

 

Coronavirus storybook for children

50 humanitarian organisations, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have produced a children’s storybook to help children aged 6-11 cope with coronavirus. The book is available online and as an audiobook and is currently available in six languages, with over 30 more planned.

Read the press release: Children’s storybook released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

 

Childline

Childline can provide children and young people with free, confidential advice and support. Calls to 0800 1111 are free and children can also get support online. See the Childline website for:

 

Other useful information to support new parents and carers can be found at the following links:

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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