Child Health Advice

Little Orange Book

The Little Orange Book is a free resource, focused on acute illness in young children, and helps parents and carers to recognise and then respond appropriately to a range of illness.

It is a really helpful resource!

Thank you to the team at Newcastle & Gateshead for developing this!

Download you free copy here: 

Little Orange Book.pdf

A new online services for specialist information, support and help!

Health Visitors

HVs can advise and assess babies and children under 5 years old, on a whole range of problems.

Please ring the Ashfield Advice Line team on 01623 484810 from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

If your child is struggling with behavioural or emotional needs there is support available for your family.



The DadPad app is an easy-to-use, freely downloadable resource for new dads and dads-to-be. 

It is packed with relevant information, as well as details on local support groups and service providers.

The app also provides Dads with guidance on how to support and seek help (when needed) for their partners and themselves as they adjust to their new roles and cope with the physical and emotional strains that this can place on individuals and relationships.

The app covers topics such as:

  • Feeding, holding, changing and cleaning your baby
  • Surviving without sleep and coping with crying
  • Getting to know your baby
  • Home safety and first aid
  • Looking after yourself and supporting your partner

Download it at: 

Concerning behaviours multi-agency pathway

This pathway has been developed in partnership between Health, Education and Social Care organisations to ensure that the reasons for a child or young person’s concerning behaviour are fully explored and that the right support is put in place, at the right time and in the right place.

This also includes assessments for possible ADHD and autism.

A paediatrician will not accept a GP referral, without the relevant support and assessments via the team being made. 

More information and toolkit can be found here.

Vaccination planner

Information about the NHS vaccine schedule can be found at: