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Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is the greasy, yellow scaly patches that sometimes appear on the scalps of young babies.

It is common, harmless and doesn’t usually itch or cause discomfort. Do not pick at the scales as this can cause an infection. Cradle cap is not contagious and is not caused by poor hygiene or an allergy.

It usually appears in babies in the first two months and clears up without treatment within weeks to a few months.

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Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, although you can get it at any age. It usually gets better by itself within a week without needing to see a GP.

Chickenpox starts with red spots, they can appear anywhere on the body. The spots fill with fluid and the blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area.The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.


Childhood Illnesses

Childhood Illnesses

It can be worrying as a parent when your child is poorly. 

The tools on this page are aimed at helping you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child and if you can care for them at home or if you need to seek medical help.

This visual guide from NHS Choices will help you identify common illnesses and conditions that may affect your child and if you can care for them at home.
Childhood Illnesses – a visual guide 




Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin. 

Scabies is usually spread through prolonged periods of skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, or through sexual contact.

It can take up to eight weeks for the symptoms of scabies to appear after the initial infection. This is known as the incubation period.




Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are tiny parasitic worms that infect the large intestine of humans. Threadworms are a common type of worm infection in the UK, particularly in children under the age of 10.

The worms are white and look like small pieces of thread. You may notice them around your child’s bottom or in their poo.

They don’t always cause symptoms, but people often experience itchiness around their bottom or vagina. It can be worse at night and disturb sleep.


Oral thrush in babies

Oral Thrush in Babies

Oral thrush in babies and young children is a fungal infection in the mouth that’s usually harmless and easily treatable.

Signs of oral thrush in babies

The main sign of oral thrush is a white coating on your baby’s tongue, although there may also be white patches elsewhere in the mouth.

This coating may look like curd or cottage cheese and usually can’t be rubbed off easily.

If your baby has a white coating on their tongue that does rub off easily, it’s more likely to be milk coating the tongue and not thrush.

Babies may not seem bothered by the patches, but they may be reluctant to feed – or keep detaching from the breast during feeds – if they’re sore.

There may also be associated nappy rash caused by the same infection that needs to be treated as well.