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Avoid the dreaded sugar-high and sticky fingers this year and give gifts children can use time and time again…

Go Quackers this Easter with Infantino

Spring 2020 will see the arrival of some eggcellent new toys from Infantino, the global brand committed to happy parenting. The new Easter themed toys from the multi award-winning Go Gaga Collection, will provide a great surprise on the egg hunt!


Infantino’s Easter Ducks, introduce a Spring themed twist on the classic bath duck. Babies will go gaga for these ‘just-hatched’ Easter duckies, which have interesting textures and bright colours; perfect for bath time, or anytime. A brilliant extra for the Easter baskets this year, the two pack of ducks come in a number of different designs including, hatching eggs, rabbits, lambs and even a unicorn! Little ones will want to collect them all!Also launching just in time for Easter is the Squeeze and Squeak Easter Eggs.Available as a pack of four, babies and toddlers will love these squeezable, squeakable eggs. Featuring soft textures, they not only provide comfort during teething, they also promise hours of fun as they are the perfect size for little ones to hold. Tots will enjoy rolling them, throwing them and even playing hide and seek with them.

The ideal alternative Easter gift, the pack of four eggs features different designs including a chick, a hen, a lamb and rabbit.Finally, the new carrot teether is not to be missed this Easter. This fun silicone teether is perfect for soothing teething gums. Infantino’s carrot teether features different textures for babies to chew and is also very easy for little ones to hold with two handles which are soft to touch.

Stockist: Amazon UK


Snuggle up and get cosy… Bizzi Growin’s cushions

Bizzi Growin is delighted to announce the arrival of its adorable cushion collection, perfect for adding a unique touch to little one’s bedrooms and nurseries this spring. With super soft designs ranging from fluffy clouds, to mystical unicorns and shining stars, children are sure to find the perfect companion amongst the eclectic collection!


Snuggle up and get cosy… Bizzi Growin’s cushions will help transform any room or nursery into a cosy heaven, with a dose of fun and colour too! From totally huggable plushies, stylish monochrome designs to an array of knitted styles, the quirky designs are sure to be loved by little ones and grown-ups alike.

RRP: from 15.00 | Available from bizzigrowin.com

Little Stars Can Now Chomp on Some of the Cheekiest New Characters

Joining the brand’s beloved Chewy the Hippo, the Cheeky Animals design sees the arrival of 3 cheeky new characters including Bertie the Lion, Darcy the Elephant and Pippa the Panda. These adorable animals are set upon a white background and are presented in a gorgeous colour palette of muted greens, blues and oranges.

The new prints are available across 4 of Cheeky Chompers iconic products, including the flagship Neckerchew. The bandana bib is super absorbent and features the signature chewy teether – meaning no more lost teethers.

The designs can also be found on the Comfortchew, with a snuggly fleece on the reverse. With stimulating ribbon tags and an elasticated link for attaching to baby’s wrist, cot, car seat, buggy or dummy, it provides comfort at all times. There is also the Neckerbib, a lovely addition to your little ones’ outfit and sure to catch any dribble disasters!

Finally, the Cheeky Blanket, which provides a luxurious, practical and fun baby blanket with cheeky hidden sensory tags. Handy straps allow the blanket to be attached to a buggy, with cosy feet and hand pouches.

Available from cheekychompers.com

Welcome to the Wild Side with Polarn O. Pyret’s Summer Filled Safari

Iconic Scandi brand unveils second trend of its hugely popular Spring/Summer 2020 season.

Join Polarn O. Pyret on truly wild Safari, bursting with an explosion of bright colours and bold patterns in exciting and unexpected combinations. Children will love the kooky notion of Scandinavian animals on safari in the jungle, where they discover both exotic animals and dinosaur friends.

Truly striking, this collection features abstract or geometric patterns, as well as embroidered and embellished details, all mixed in with the colorful prints. Ranges available from 0-12years!

Available from www.polarnopyret.co.uk

A recent survey has exposed that 3 in 5 parents do not have first aid training. In the UK at least one child under the age of five is involved in a fatal accident every week, and with people now being told they can rely on virtual assistants for CPR support, leading experts are concerned.

On a mission to arm parents with practical advice, and to give them peace of mind and confidence to know how to act in an emergency, Kate Ball founded Mini First Aid, to deliver truly engaging first aid courses for new parents and families. The brand now boasts over 65 franchises across the UK and has proudly taught over 200,000 parents life saving skills.

As a mother of six, Kate is committed to ensuring parents have basic first aid skills that they can draw on in an emergency and believes that with our increasing reliance on technology, that it’s more important than ever for parents to have a hands-on approach to first aid.

In this month’s guest blog, Kate explains more…

“I was very concerned to learn of the recent news that virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, are now apparently able to advise on CPR. Although this would be better than nothing, it is in no way a replacement for having the basics skills yourself and parents really shouldn’t rely on technology in these situations. Listening to Alexa’s instructions could be confusing, or in fact a distraction rather than a support and let’s face it – the internet could go down at any point.”

“Being armed with the basics are essential, but it’s also important to be prepared for an emergency. Things like knowing the address of where you’re staying if away from home or writing your address down for a babysitter means you can act faster. Also ensuring everyone who supports you with your baby care, including mum, dad, grand-parent, babysitter, are first aid trained.”




“Here are some top tips that everyone should know…

  1. Have an understanding of people that could help in your local vicinity. For example, know which neighbours are at home during the daytime and who you can call on for help. Also know who takes their phone to bed who you can call on.
  2. Put your phone on loudspeaker when on the phone to 999 so you can continue with first aid.
  3. If your little one is bleeding apply pressure to the wound with something clean and absorbent – you can even use a clean nappy!
  4. Always make sure you have a first aid kit in an accessible location at home and keep another first aid kit under the buggy.
  5. If you are treating a burn, once you have cooled the affected area for 20 minutes under cool running water, cover with clingfilm to keep the burn infection free whilst you seek medical attention (please note cover, not wrap).
  6. In prevention of choking, adults need to demonstrate good eating skills in front of children. Sit Chop Chew should be adopted by everyone – Sit to eat, chop (or break up food into manageable safe pieces) and chew – an exaggerated chew to show young children”


Delivering truly engaging, first aid classes at over 65 regions across the UK, Mini First Aid’s unique and best-selling Baby & Child First Aid class is a 2-hour session available to parents, grandparents and carers, and every class is delivered in a relaxed and comfortable style to ensure attendees receive quality, hands on classes that they get involved with. The multi award winning classes have been attended by high profile celebrities and influencers including author, actress, blogger and mum Giovanna Fletcher.

“Learning CPR and what to do when a child is choking is invaluable, said Giovanna Fletcher. Obviously, I hope I never had to use the things I learned in today’s class, but horrible things happen and knowing these techniques can really make a huge difference. The class was fun and accessible given the seriousness of the topic. I would highly recommend everyone doing it.”

Mini First Aid have cleverly put a fun spin on a notoriously dry topic, with a clear goal to ensure attendees leave with quality content that they are confident to use in a real-life medical emergency. The class covers CPR, Choking, Bumps, Burns, Breaks, Bleeding, Febrile Seizures and Meningitis Awareness.

Mini First Aid Adult classes start from £20, visit www.minifirstaid.co.uk

Pupils from South Malling School in Lewes swapped the classroom for the great outdoors last Thursday [11 July] to help plant 11 native trees on South Downs Road. The trees were provided by River Oaks Homes as part of its Southdowns Park development; a regeneration project of 101 homes and apartments opposite Malling Fields.

The Year Three students worked in small teams to plant the native lime trees, alongside staff from River Oaks Homes and local gardener, Charlie Harrison “The Flora Man”. After been given an educational speech by Charlie, the students aged between 7-8 years were shown how to plant the trees, which now sit along South Downs Road. Each pupil was able to hang a small copper tag self-engraved with their owns names, so they can revisit their tree anytime.

Maxine Hunt, Outdoor Learning Coordinator and teacher at South Malling Primary and Nursery School, said: “The children loved the experience of planting trees, they could not wait to share what they had learnt with the rest of their class. Trees are a great natural teaching resource and the children will be able to watch them grow for years to come.”

Oliver Charmak, Director of River Oaks Homes, said: “We had a great time with the South Malling pupils who loved helping to plant the trees. They asked lots of questions, and it was great to see their enthusiasm.

“We planted these native trees alongside South Downs Road to create a sustainable landscape that blends with the natural surroundings and provides a wildlife sanctuary for the new development and its residents. I want to thank staff and pupils at South Malling School for their help, and hard work on helping to plant these vital trees.”

The development, which will include 74 apartments, 22 houses and 150m2 of commercial space, is on the corner of Southdown Road and Meyhew Way in Lewes, East Sussex. It will offer a range of high-quality, modern homes to meet the needs of local people and create an overall increase in biodiversity, thanks to its extensive landscaping and green plans.

Keen for the kids or grandkids to discover the delights of country living this spring?

A visit to the Spring Live! show in Ardingly, West Sussex, will give the whole family all the inspiration they need and, even better, children under 16 go free*!

This year’s Spring Live! – organised by the South of England Agricultural Society – will be held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend (5th & 6th May) and promises a jam-packed programme of interactive activities to keep everyone entertained.

Whilst the family can still enjoy the traditional elements of a country show with maypole dancing, the mini-sheep show, and animal barn, this year’s event will see an exciting twist on the activities. Traditional wood spindling becomes a magical wand making workshop, knights and princesses can be wowed by medieval games and try their hand at axe throwing, animal lovers can get up close to creepy crawlies and reptiles, and wannabe drivers can test their skills on the exhilarating Segway or mini monster truck courses.

It’s not all for the kids though, parents and grandparents alike can explore the shopping area, get a few tips at the Garden Theatre, savour the delights of the artisan food hall, or simply soak in the atmosphere at the live music stage featuring an array of fantastic local talented performers.
Even better, because the South of England Showground is blessed with so many barns and indoor event spaces, there’s no need to worry about wet weather – most attractions can go ahead or be moved undercover, allowing guests to enjoy Spring Live! come rain or shine.

A bumper number of visitors is expected at the show, and all profits will be used to help fund the Society’s charitable projects that support agricultural education and countryside learning.

Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society, said: “We are delighted to be unveiling even more entertaining activities for all the family to enjoy and look forward to welcoming many new visitors to our spectacular showground this spring.

“While the show will be all about fun and entertainment, there’s a wider purpose to our events here in Ardingly. Any profits help us continue and develop our charity work in support of people with an interest or involvement in agriculture and other related land-based industries. From inspiring school children to learn about the land, to offering travel bursaries for people working in the farming sector or helping with funding towards agricultural research – when you support Spring Live!, you will also be doing your bit to help this incredible charity.”

Tickets for Spring Live! 2019 are available from seas.org.uk and can be bought online in advance for a 10% discount. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £10 for senior citizens/students £10, and under 16s go free with a paying adult*

Woo hoo it’s a four day weekend… but it’s also the end of the school holidays, so if you need a bit of “egg-spiration” (sorry!) to get you through those final few days here’s a list of Easter activities to help!

Here’s our top picks…

1. Easter at Michelham Priory
19 April – 22 April
Come join Michelham Priory for seasonal hands-on activities, children’s trails and Easter Egg Hunt. There’s something to do what ever the weather!  Normal admission applies.








2. Sharnfold Farm Easter ‘Animal Trail & Egg Hunt’
19 April – 20 April
Bring the kids along to the Farm & Forest Trail  on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Learn about the farm and woodland animals and join in with an activity sheet.
What’s Easter without an Egg Hunt? Also over the Easter weekend, the little ones can enjoy our fun, infamous Egg Hunt in the hay barn.
Just £5 per child. Adults are free. Don’t forget, our coffee shop and play area will be open too, so it really will be a fun-filled day out at Sharnfold Farm.

3. Easter Day at the Shack at the Cuckoo Shack Café, Polegate
22 April
Mini Easter egg hunt, forest school crafts and meet the ponies! We’ll also have mini Easter egg hunts for the little ones running at 11.30 and 12.45. Followed by meeting, brushing and learning about the ponies, and making forest school themed crafts to take home. £3 a session. Tickets available at the café from 11am.


Plus a wide range of other activities for the whole family…

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Bateman’s, Burwash
19 – 22 April
Throughout the Easter school holidays we’ll be offering families the chance to join in the fun of our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. £3 per trail. No need to pre-book.
Delicious Cadbury chocolate treat prize per hunter. Non-chocolate alternative prize also available

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Alfriston Clergy House
19 – 22 April
Our annual Easter trail for families returns, embark on a self-led trail to find all the bunnies in the garden. Booking not needed. Admission applies

Cadbury Easter Egg hunt at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
19 – 22 April
Immerse yourself in the wild, complete your nature diary and receive a chocolate egg. Booking not needed.  Admission applies.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Monk’s House, Lewes
19 – 22 April
Come and join in the Easter fun and earn a tasty reward! Booking not needed. Admission applies.

Easter Bunny Hunt at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down
19 – 22 April
Join us for Spring celebrations at the woods with Lucy’s Little Forest School’s take on the traditional Easter Bunny Hunt; hand-crafted chocolate treats provided by local chocolate maker Rowdy and Fancy’s, arts and crafts, face-painting and flowers, wood demos and a delicious lunch-time BBQ. £10 per family

Easter Woodland Hunt at Stone Cross Garden Centre, Eastbourne
19 – 21 April
Enjoy time with the family this Easter and take advantage of our Bluebell Woodland walk at the same time.

Easter Grotto at Fort Fun, Eastbourne
19 – 22 April
Hop along to our Easter Grotto which is ALL included in your admission and pass holders are free.

PupStation’s Easter Fun Day, Eastbourne
19 April
Free craft activities (booking required), plus a free draw to win an Easter Egg.

The Great Easter Egg Treasure Trail at The Seasons, Forest Row
20 April
A fun community event open to children of all ages. Collect your Easter Egg Trail sheet from The Seasons any time from 11am. There will be twenty places to visit around the village where there will be gifts and Easter activities to enjoy. Collect a stamp on your sheet from every location, then return to the start to collect your prize.

Easter Bunny Hunt at Ridgewood Village Hall, Uckfield
20 April
Come along to our Bunny Hunt for a day of family fun. We will have Bunny Hunts where each child gets a prize. £3 each.

Easter Egg Hunt at The Gingerbread Kitchen, Gildredge Park Eastbourne
20 April
Decorate a basket at home for a chance to win a BIG EASTER EGG. Eggs will be hidden inside and outside around the café.

Egg-citing Easter Egg-vent at St Anthony’s Centre, Eastbourne
20 April
Free Easter Egg challenge, café with scrummy food, games & prizes, free crafts for the kids, pottery decoration & craft sellers. Come join the fun!

Easter Saturday Bonnet Making & Egg Hunt, The Giant’s Rest Wilmington
20 April
Decorating Easter bonnets for each child to take home with them, using a straw hat and various Spring and Easter attachments to make it fabulous. Also, getting crafty and preparing for the Easter Egg hunt by decorating baskets, where each child will be tasked to hunt out hidden eggs to claim their full-size Easter Egg!

Easter EGGspress at the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
21 April
Visit the Easter Bunny and each child riding the train will receive a chocolate egg. No extra charges, normal admission prices apply.

Easter Egg Hunt at East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa, Uckfield
21 April
Join us with the family for an Easter Extravaganza. We’ve got a great little stroll around the gardens, with hidden clues to find the eggs for the little ones. Family Afternoon Tea available to be pre-booked, with games and colouring books to keep the kids entertained.

Easter Bunny Hunt at Herstmonceux Castle, Halisham
22 April
A fun filled family event with lots of activities including decorating the egg, colouring competition and have-a-go archery and falconry displays. Meet the Easter Bunny and go on a bunny hunt around the gardens. Lots of fun for everyone!


If you’d like to submit an Easter event, please email us.

Disclaimer: All information correct at time of publication. Please note some activities maybe limited or require additional payment. Please contact the venue prior to travel to confirm all details.

Are your child’s spots just itchy and sore or a symptom of something more sinister? Jackie Hall, team leader of Health at Hand nurses for AXA PPP healthcare gives you the lowdown on which spots to worry about.

1. Meningitis

This is the scary one every parent dreads. Remember though, a rash is often one of the last signs of meningitis or septicaemia, so do see a doctor if you are concerned about any of these symptoms:

What to look for
“A child with meningitis would normally be very unwell with reddish/purple spots which look a little like tiny fresh bruises on the skin – the key is that these do not blanch in colour when you press on them. The glass test is a very useful way to check,” explains Jackie. “This is if you press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin and the rash doesn’t fade, it’s a sign of blood poisoning (septicaemia) and you should seek medical attention immediately. The rash may be harder to see on darker skin so check for spots on the paler areas, such as the palms of the hands, soles of the feet or the abdomen.”

How to treat it
If meningitis is suspected, then the child must go immediately to an Accident and Emergency Department.

Is it contagious?
Bacterial meningitis can be contagious and you will be advised by the professionals looking after your child of actions that need to be taken.

2. Slapped cheek syndrome

What to look for
This is caused by parvovirus and causes a bright red rash on the cheeks. It is accompanied by slight fever and the child will feel mild/moderately unwell but get better after a few days.

How to treat it
Slapped cheek syndrome is usually mild and should clear up without specific treatment. If you or your child is feeling unwell, you can try the following to ease the symptoms:

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids – babies should continue their normal feeds. Dehydration poses the greater risk, particularly in the young.
  • For a fever, headaches or joint pain you can take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years old.
  • To reduce itchiness, oral antihistamines can be taken and/or emollients used – some antihistamines are not suitable for young children, so check with your pharmacist first.
  • Those who should contact a GP include: pregnant women exposed to anyone with slapped cheek syndrome or who have symptoms of the infection, those who have a blood disorder, a weakened immune system or those with symptoms of severe anaemia, such as very pale skin, shortness of breath, extreme tiredness or fainting.

Is it contagious?
The virus is spread by inhaling droplets that are sneezed or coughed out by someone infected or by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching your mouth or nose. It’s very difficult to prevent slapped cheek syndrome because people who have the infection are most contagious before they develop any obvious symptoms. However, making sure that everyone in the household washes their hands frequently may help stop the infection from spreading.

Someone with slap cheek syndrome is infectious during the period before the rash develops. Once the rash appears, the condition can no longer be passed on. Unless you or your child is feeling unwell, there’s no need to stay away from school or work once the rash has developed. It is however a good idea to notify your child’s school about the infection, so children who develop early symptoms can be spotted quickly and vulnerable people can be made aware that they may need to get medical advice.

3. Chicken pox

What to look for
At first your child will seem a bit off-colour, they may be off their food and quite lethargic for a few days. Then a few, itchy, red, raised spots on the neck, face, chest or back or other body parts will start to appear. These turn into little fluid-filled blisters, which can be itchy and painful. The child can be infectious for several days before spots appear and for 5 days or more after spots become visible.

How to treat it
Chickenpox is usually mild and can be self-managed from home. Most people feel better within a week or so. But some people can become more seriously ill and need to see a doctor. There’s no cure but the treatment below can help relieve the symptoms while the body fights the infection.

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • For a fever, painkillers can help, such as paracetamol. Ibuprofen shouldn’t be given to children with chickenpox as it can make them very ill and do not give aspirin to children under 16.
  • IMPORTANT: Always read the packet or leaflet that comes with the medicine to check it’s suitable and how much to take. Speak to a pharmacist or your GP if you’re unsure.

You can buy topical preparations to apply directly onto the rash or administer an oral antihistamine to help reduce itching and soothe the skin– some antihistamines are not suitable for young children, so check with your pharmacist first.

An antiviral medicine called Aciclovir may be recommended if there is a risk of severe chickenpox and you already have symptoms. It ideally needs to be started within 24 hours of the rash appearing.

Is it contagious?
Chickenpox is highly contagious and can make some people very ill, so it’s important to try and avoid spreading it to others. If you or your child has chickenpox, stay away from nursery, school or work until all of the blisters have dried up and scabbed over. This usually happens five or six days after the rash first appears. You may continue to have spots on your skin for another week or two, but you’re no longer contagious if the spots are dry and scabby.

Certain people are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with chickenpox. These include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Newborn babies
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People in these groups should avoid contact with people with chickenpox and consult their GP if there is a risk that they have become infected.
  • Chicken pox can be spread through contact with objects that have been contaminated with the virus, such as toys, bedding or clothing. You can prevent it spreading by cleaning any objects or surfaces with a disinfectant and wash any infected clothing or bedding regularly.

4. Measles

Measles is a highly infectious, unpleasant viral illness that has some characteristic features to distinguish it from other viruses. Furthermore, it has the potential to cause serious complications.

What to look for
A mass of red spots break out around the neck, behind the ears and face but can appear elsewhere too, including the inside of the mouth. Measles can result in serious complications but, thanks to vaccination programmes, the incidence of outbreaks is low.

Initial symptoms of measles can include:

  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • A fever
  • Small greyish white spots in the mouth
  • Aches and pains
  • Cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness, irritability and a general lack of energy

How to treat it
You should contact your GP as soon as possible if you suspect that you or your child has measles. Its best to phone before your visit as your GP surgery may need to make some arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. There’s no specific treatment for measles, but the condition usually improves within 7 to 10 days. If the symptoms of measles are causing discomfort for you or your child, there are some things you can do to treat these while you wait for your body to fight off the virus.

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to reduce a fever and relieve any aches or pains if you or your child is uncomfortable. (Aspirin should not be given to children under 16). Speak to your pharmacist if you are not sure which medications are suitable for you child.

Is it contagious?
Stay away from work or school for at least four days from when the measles rash first appears to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. It’s important to avoid contact with people who are more vulnerable to the infection, such as young children and pregnant women.

You can avoid catching measles by having the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Measles is unlikely in people who are fully immunised or who have previously contracted the infection. Vaccination with one dose of the combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine should provide about 90% immunity. However, vaccination with two doses of the MMR vaccine, as indicated by the UK Childhood Immunisation Programme, is thought to provide close to 100% lifelong immunity.

Data suggests that the people most likely to present with measles are younger people who have not received the MMR vaccine and who have not been previously exposed to the virus. In the past, there has been measles endemic, but since the introduction of the MMR vaccination, this has become relatively rare. However, in recent years, the infection has become more prevalent due to a failure of uptake of vaccination.

5. German measles (rubella)

What to look for
This is usually a mild illness with small red spots appearing on the face at first and then spreading to other parts of the body. Other symptoms include swollen glands and a cold-like illness. It’s rarely seen nowadays in the UK, thanks to routine vaccination. It is, however, of serious concern if a pregnant woman catches the virus in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy because it can cause birth defects in her baby.

Both measles and rubella are viral, however, the infection with rubella is usually mild by comparison, (symptoms include a rash and swollen lymph glands) but the likelihood of developing complications is rare. The main risk is contracting rubella in pregnancy.

How to treat it
You should always contact your GP if you suspect rubella. It’s best to phone before your visit as your GP surgery may need to make some arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. There’s no specific treatment for rubella. The condition is usually mild and improves without treatment within 7 to 10 days. If the symptoms of rubella are causing discomfort for you or your child, there are some things you can do while you wait for the infection to pass.

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to reduce a fever and relieve any aches or pain. (Aspirin should not be given to children under 16). Speak to your pharmacist if you are not sure which medications are suitable for you child.

Is it contagious?
While you have rubella, it’s important to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. If you or your child has the condition, you should avoid work or school for four days from when you first develop the rubella rash.

In rare cases, rubella can cause serious problems in an unborn baby, so you should also try to avoid contact with pregnant women for four days from the start of the rash. If your pregnant and develop a rash or have been in contact with someone who has a rash, contact you GP or midwife immediately.

6. Impetigo

What to look for
This often begins as a red patch of skin often around the nose or mouth but can occur anywhere on the body. The red patches then become a crusty/brownish colour after a few days.

It is caused by overgrowth of skin bacteria and can easily be cleared by antibiotics, although spreads easily if left untreated.

Speak to your GP if you think you or your child may have symptoms of impetigo. Impetigo isn’t usually serious, but it can sometimes have similar symptoms to more serious conditions such as cellulitis so it’s important to get the correct diagnosis.

How to treat it
Impetigo usually gets better without treatment in a few weeks. However, treatment is often recommended because it can reduce the length of the illness to around 7 to 10 days and can reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others.

Hygiene measures alone even for small, localised lesions are not recommended. The main treatments prescribed are antibiotic creams or oral antibiotics and duration of treatment is usually one week.

Is it contagious?
During treatment it’s important to take precautions to minimise the risk of impetigo spreading to other people or to other areas of the body. Most people are no longer contagious after 48 hours of treatment or once their sores have dried and healed. It’s important to stay away from school or work until then.

To help prevent the risk of infection spreading:

  •  Wash and loosely cover the sores.
  • Avoid touching or scratching the sores.
  • Avoid contact with new born babies, preparing food, playing contact sports, or going to the gym – until the risk of infection has passed.
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Washable toys should be washed – thoroughly wipe non-washable toys.

7. Eczema

What to look for
Dry/inflamed patches of skin typically form on creases of elbows and behind knees, but can occur anywhere on the body.

How to treat it
Treating eczema fundamentally involves breaking the scratch-itch cycle and replenishing the moisture content of the skin. It will normally respond well to the regular use of emollients/moisturisers and topical steroid preparations for flare ups. It is not possible to “overdose” on moisturisers and what may work for one person, may not for another. Steroid preparations are useful in managing flare-ups but should be used as prescribed. There are also specific bath additives/shower gels/soaps that are targeted to help manage eczema.

Is it contagious?
Eczema is not contagious. It is a chronic skin condition, most prevalent in childhood.

8. Molluscum

What to look for
Little crops of raised, fluid-filled blisters can occur anywhere on the body or limbs. These spots are harmless and the child will not be unwell but they are contagious and spread by person to person contact.

How to treat it
It can take up to 18 months for these to clear. Usually no treatment is needed as they clear on their own.

Is it contagious?
Resolution is spontaneous but it is contagious. It can be spread through close direct contact. If you become infected by the virus and spots appear on your skin, the virus can also spread to other areas. It is not known how long someone with molluscum is contagious for, but it is thought the contagious period may last up until the last spot has completely healed.

9. Allergic wheals

What to look for
These are blistery, reddish, raised blotches to the skin which can appear rapidly on different parts of the body. They tend to be itchy and are usually due to exposure to an allergen e.g. animal hair/dander, grasses or foods/additives.

How to treat it
Antihistamines such as Piriton can be helpful in reducing symptoms and progression. Most often the rash settles quickly over 24 hours but if there is associated swelling of the face, lips or any breathing problems, call 999.

Is it contagious?
Allergic wheals are not contagious. This is because allergic reactions are a result of the unique response of each individual’s immune system to certain triggers. Substances that cause a reaction in one person may not cause a reaction in someone else.

10. Neonatal heat spots

What to look for
These small red spots with a tiny white pimple on top appear on the face, neck and upper chest. They are the result of immature sweat glands becoming blocked when the baby gets hot. They are very common and usually of no concern and will disappear after a few months.

Find out more about the child health care options available to your family. You can also discover more information in AXA PPP healthcare’s pregnancy and childcare centre.

By guest blogger, Helen Lami, Director of Academic Summer.

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the UK will be feeling the pressure as they sit their final GCSE and A-Level exams. It can be an extremely tense period. A recent poll carried out by the National Education Union found more than two thirds of teachers say their school or college is having to provide significantly more support to students due to mental health issue than five years ago, with 81 percent blaming this increase on the pressure of tests and exams.

So, for parents worried about the impact this stress will be having on their own child, what can they do to help relieve the tension? Here are my five tips for bringing harmony to the exam period.

Is your child getting enough sleep?

The temptation for young people fretting over upcoming exams is to stay up late every night revising. This is entirely counter-productive and could be harming your child’s mental health. Simple steps to help your child get enough sleep are cutting out caffeinated drinks in the evening, eating a healthy dinner before 7pm and stopping all revising two hours before going to bed. If possible, studying should also be avoided in your child’s bedroom – a place that should be exclusively for relaxation and sleep.

Don’t forget the fun

As the old saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy so make sure your child gets regular opportunities to switch off and relax. You could even splash out on a spa day mid-way through exams and pay for your child to have a massage as a reward. If that’s out of your price range, then why not just go swimming together for a couple of hours each weekend, one of the best exercises there is for controlling anxiety.

Are you being too pushy?

Most parents want their child to do the very best they can but it’s important that you don’t push them too hard and pile on more pressure at this late stage. Be available and be helpful but, ultimately, revising for exams and getting a good grade is your child’s responsibility. GCSEs and A-Levels are a perfect opportunity for young people to learn the value of self-reliance and hard work. Getting through exams on their own merits will also do wonders for your child’s self-esteem.

Consider mindfulness

Stress is a fact of life but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer our children ways to better control it. Mindfulness meditation is a brilliant way to relieve anxiety and has been proven to be particularly effective during exam times. There are countless resources online to show you the basics of this type of meditation, something which can be picked up almost immediately and takes as little as 15 minutes per day. Best of all, it can be done together so both you and your child share in the relaxation. It will also give your child a valuable tool for self-calming in other stressful situations.

Don’t make exams the be all and end all

Encourage your child to talk openly about the stress their feeling and remind them that, whilst it’s important they do the best they can, exams aren’t the be all and end all. They help us to understand what we’re good at and what we aren’t. If you get a disappointing grade for maths, well, you might not be destined to be a mathematician, and that’s not the end of the world. It’s a process of self-discovery and it helps us to understand both our strengths and our weaknesses. 

Who misses their old clubbing days, when life was all about going out till dawn and having fun! Now, just a trip to the 24 hour supermarket is about as close as many parents get to a night out!

But fear not as the answer is in sight!

Who’s up for a family friend rave?

For three hours this December, the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne will be transformed into a mini-festival for Mums, Dads and of course little ones, featuring credible live DJs, alongside a wealth of kids entertainment, including soft play, Lego, craft and games, with live visuals and of course a fully licensed bar… all set in a beautiful, contemporary art gallery in Eastbourne on a Sunday afternoon!

The Tot Rockin’ Beats concept was created by Dan Flanagan, who also runs Don’t Believe the Hype, (“the Magazine for Dads That Were the ‘70s and ‘80s Kids”) two years ago. 30 events later it’s proved a spectacular success story. Not only has it reignited many a tired parent’s love of a good night (afternoon!) out but, as a non-profit organisation, it’s committed to the idea of community.

As a mother of two this sounded like a great family activity, so we caught up Dan to find out more…

“It’s perfect for children of all ages! Instead of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ we have DJs spinning hip-hop, funk and soul classics, so Mums and dads can have a glass of wine or a beer, and then hit the dancefloor with their kids.”

The National Lottery and the Arts Council have also both recognised Tot Rockin’ Beats’ potential with recent successful funding grants.

“It’s raving with a social conscience,” says Dan “That’s what hip-hop was originally about when it started in the Bronx in the 1970s – music, art, dance, community – and we stick with that idea.”

It sounds like it has all the benefits of an amazing festival, except you don’t have to camp and you don’t need to worry about paying the babysitter or getting home for bedtime! That works for me!

If you don’t want to miss out on this unique event, make sure you book your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/totrockinbeats-we-could-be-heroes-eastbourne-tickets-50690099452

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Sunday 9th December 2018, 2-5pm
Tickets from £6 – £11 (plus booking fee)