Useful Advice

Here you’ll find useful advice on the following symptoms and how to deal with them.

Common Cold

Symptoms include: runny nose, feeling unwell, fever, cough, sore throat.

Take paracetamol for the fever, rest and drink lots of fluids. Eat normally.

A common cold typically lasts 2 weeks. If your symptoms do worsen considerably then contact your Doctor.

Sore Throat

Take paracetamol, throat lozenges and plenty of fluids. Eat if tolerated.

If symptoms worsen considerably and you have difficulty swallowing contact your Doctor.


Most coughs are a symptom of colds and upper respiratory tract viral infections. Therefore most will subside as the cold / viral infection disappears. To alleviate the cough take plenty of fluids, rest, and propitiatory cough medicines if useful.

If you are coughing up purulent (green or brown) sputum (phlegm) or blood contact the Doctor.

A cough generally lasts around a week. If your symptoms do worsen considerably then contact your Doctor.

High Temperature

Most high temperatures are due to viral infections. However, occasionally they can be the harbinger of severe life-threatening infections.

Simple high temperatures and flu-like illnesses should be treated with paracetamol to reduce fever, fluids and rest.

If your child has a severe high temperature and you are worried, seek medical advice.

If your fever persists for more than 48 hours seek medical advice.

Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Sip water, and increase the amount of water as tolerated. Do not eat for 24 hours.

If symptoms worsen considerably or are severe or persist for more than 48 hours, seek medical advice.