Advice for parents about coronavirus
If your child is unwell or injured during the coronavirus pandemic, you can find helpful information on what to do here.
Please note that due to COVID-19, Well Baby Clinics are currently cancelled. Infant Feeding Support sessions are being delivered virtually, email 0-5PHCentral@northtyneside.gov.uk for more information.
Childhood vaccinations should still take place as normal, for more information watch the video below:
Children's mental health and wellbeing during COVID19
Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
With children and young people now back at school or college, Public Health England’s new Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to look after children and young people’s mental wellbeing.
NHS approved advice includes:
- Be there to listen: Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings
- Stay involved in their life: Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them
- Support positive routines: Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bed routines, healthy eating and getting active
- Encourage their interests: Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests
- Take what they say seriously: help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.
Every Mind Matters will help you find what’s right for the children and young people in your life, click here for more information.
Infant Feeding Support - virtual sessions
Health Visitors in North Tyneside are available to support families with children aged between 0-5 years.
During the coronavirus pandemic the team has introduced virtual infant feeding support sessions on a range of topics for pregnant women and new parents.
The timetable of sessions for the remainder of 2020 is available below, to book email 0-5PHCentral@northtyneside.gov.uk with your name, contact telephone number and the email address connected to the Microsoft Teams account you plan to use for the session.
Get in touch
Beginning in the antenatal period and continuing until the age of 19, the Children's Public Health Service includes health visitors, public health school nurses, staff nurses/midwives, teenage pregnancy midwives and community nursery nurses.
The team covers the whole of North Tyneside and has four bases. The team is available via telephone Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm, contact details can be found by clicking on the links to each centre:
- Shiremoor Children’s Centre
- Riverside Children’s Centre
- Howdon Children’s Centre
- Whitley Bay Customer First Centre
The team also have a Facebook page for parents and carers of children and young people in the borough, which you can find here.
Domestic abuse comes in many forms, including but not limited to, controlling behaviour, threatening behaviour, and physical violence. Adults and children have a right to live free from fear.
The 0-19 Children’s Public Health Service can provide confidential support and advice on the wide range of support services available for both adults and children.
You can find more information and the different types of support available from various organisations here.
All families have universal contact from the Health Visiting team, including:
- Antenatal contact
- New baby visit/primary visit
- Assessment at six/eight weeks
- One-year-old assessment
- 24 -28 month assessment
Teams can offer help, advice and support on:
- Immunisation advice
- Healthy eating, stop-smoking services, and other lifestyle choices
- Readiness for school
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Breastfeeding support
Any identified additional needs or support will be assessed and supported by a named health visitor.
Help and advice for your growing family
The Chat Health texting service is available for young people aged 11-19 looking for confidential support and advice. Text 07507 332 532 or visit chathealth.nhs.uk
The school nursing team can be contacted via telephone Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm on 0191 643 8251.
Public Health School Nurses provide support in and out of school, with issues such as:
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Keeping healthy and weight management
- Enuresis (bed wetting)
- Sexual health
- Smoking, drugs and alcohol
The National Childhood Measurement Programme is delivered in reception and year 6, further information can be found below.
Vision screening is also offered to reception age children, further details available below.
Parents emotional and mental wellbeing
Every person’s experience as a parent is different.
With the highs that come from becoming and being a parent, it’s also important to recognise the potential overwhelming feelings that can be experienced.
Parents can suffer from a low mood, anxiety and depression and feel irritable, detached, helpless or worried.
If you need help or support, you can contact School Nurses, Health Visitors or your GP.
There is further information, support and guidance