Childrens Services

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High Street Medical Centre is a child friendly surgery with a large lift to our consultation rooms, toddlers play area and plenty of space in the 2 waiting rooms to park your buggy. We have baby changing facilities and can provide a quite area for feeding/breastfeeding if required. We always have urgent appointment spaces to see your child the same day.

We provide all developmental check-ups and encourage a 2 week check-up as well as the bigger 6 week check-up. We provide all childhood vaccinations.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting babies and children against certain diseases. The risks from having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects from immunisation. Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of disease

Please book your child in for vaccination day on Tuesday and Thursday MORNINGS by phoning reception.

More information on your childs vaccines AND VACCINE SCHEDULE are found by clicking on this link http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/babychildimm/

Under the Childhood Immunisation Programme, the following vaccinations are given free of charge by us.

  • At birth: The BCG vaccination (which protects against tuberculosis) is normally administered in the maternity hospital where the child is born, but is recommended within the first month of life.
  • At 2 months: The first of three vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, hepatitis B and HiB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) is provided in one single injection (the “6 in 1”).The first of two pneumococcal conjugate vaccines is also administered.
  • At 4 months: The second of three “6 in 1″ injections is given. The first of two meningococcal C vaccines is provided.
  • At 6 months: The third of three “6 in 1″ injections is given. The second of two pneumococcal conjugate vaccines and the second of two meningococcal C vaccines are administered. Babies born after 1st July 2015 will no longer require this meningococcal C injection at 6 months
  • At 12 months: The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and the pneumococcus (PCV) vaccine are administered.
  • At 13 months: The Hib booster and meningococcal C vaccines are given.

School Booster Programme:

  • At 4-5 years: Your child should receive a booster injection for continued protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (these are administered together as a 4 in 1 vaccine). An MMR booster is also given at this age.
  • At 12-14 years: Children should be given a tetanus and low dose diphtheria vaccine.

The vaccinations in the school booster programme are also available free of charge and usually administered in schools by your HSE Area.

FREE GP CARE FOR ALL UNDER 6’S

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This scheme is set to be introduced in July 2015. Please apply on website www.gpvisitcard.ie for free medical care for your children under 6.

For administrative purposes we would ask you to click on Dr. Sinead Wright’s name to register at High Street Medical Centre. However you can continue to see any of our doctors for free medical care.

Most childhood illness are viral and do not require doctors care or antibiotics. Please read below how to care for your child with a viral illness. If you think your child has symptoms after using the guidance below, needing medical attention and treatment please contact us in High Street on 058 41162

Caring for a Child with a Viral Infection

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Most infections are caused by germs called viruses and bacteria. While you may be able to keep germs from spreading, you can’t always keep your child from getting sick. It is important for parents to know how to keep their children healthy and what to do when they get sick.

How to Help Your Child Feel Better

Your child’s doctor may recommend the following ways to soothe a sick child:

To Relieve a Stuffy Nose

  • Use saline (saltwater) nose drops to thin nasal discharge. Place a few drops of the saline into each nostril followed by gentle bulb suction. This works best for babies younger than 3 months.
  • During the illness, use a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room. This helps moisten the air and may help clear your child’s nasal passages. Be sure to clean the humidifier or vaporizer often, as recommended by the manufacturer.

To Relieve Chest Congestion

  • Chest physical therapy can loosen mucus and may help infants and young children cough it out. Lay your child across your knees, face down; cup your hand; and gently tap your child’s back. Or sit your child on your lap, lean her body forward about 30 degrees, cup your hand, and gently tap her back.
  • During the illness, use a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer in your child’s room. This helps moisten the air and may help clear your child’s congestion. Be sure to clean the humidifier or vaporizer often, as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Antihistamines may be used after 1 years old to relieve congestion and hence improve chesty coughs. These can be got over the counter from your pharmacist.

To Relieve a Cough

  • Try half a teaspoon of honey for children aged 2 to 5 years, 1 teaspoon for children aged 6 to 11 years, and 2 teaspoons for children 12 years and older. If honey is given at bedtime, make sure you brush your child’s teeth afterward. Remember, it’s not safe to give honey to babies younger than 1 year.
  • For a child aged 4 years and older, lozenges may help soothe the throat. Remember not to give lozenges to a child younger than 4 years because he could choke on them. Also do not give your child more cough drops than directed on the package.
  • Antihistamines may relieve congestion/catarrah and hence improve a chesty cough if given after 1 years old
  • To avoid perfumes, plug in air fresheners or other sprays that may irritate a childs airways during a viral infection causing wheeze or cough.

To Relieve a Fever

  • Give paracetamol to a baby 6 months or younger. Check with your doctor if your baby is younger than 3 months. Give either paracetmol or ibuprofen to a child older than 6 months. Ask your child’s doctor for the right dosage for your child’s age and size. Do not give aspirin to your child because it has been associated with Reye syndrome, a rare but very serious illness that affects the liver and the brain.

About Other Medicines

Cough and Cold Medicine

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)strongly recommends that over-the-counter cough and cold medi¬cations not be given to infants and children younger than 2 years because of the risk of life-threatening side effects. Also, several studies show that cold and cough products don’t work in children younger than 6 years and can have potentially serious side effects.

Antihistamine

  • Antihistamines may relieve congestion/catarrah and hence improve a chesty cough. These can be purchased over the counter and used in children over 1 years old.

Antibiotics

  • Your child’s doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection. For viral infections the body needs to fight the virus on its own because antibiotics won’t work. However, in some cases, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine for influenza.