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Parenting through Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19)

We know that this is a worrying time and it will definitely not be how you had planned your parenting journey.

You may have concerns in relation to your pregnancy or your children. You may want to access helpful parenting information.

Family Nursing and Home Care offer virtual Child Health Clinics for parents

Family Nursing and Home Care (FNHC) have created a virtual Child Health Clinic to replace the health clinics which parents would normally visit, which are run by the organisation’s health visitors, and provide advice and reassurance for parents in Jersey.

From Monday 20 April 2020 parents and carers who would normally access the Child Health Clinics run across the island, can instead call or email a Health Visitor for advice, despite the ongoing situation with Coronavirus.

We know that this can be a worrying time for families and that services are working differently at the moment.

This includes the current suspension of Child Health Clinics run by Health Visitors from Family Nursing and Home Care where parents can normally seek advice and support or signposting for a range of issues.

So, we’re replacing the clinics with a dedicated phone line, and parents and carers can also email us. The clinics we run normally are well supported and we know how valuable parents find them as a touchpoint for face-to-face help and advice. We hope that while we have to work differently, they’ll find the option of phoning us or emailing us reassuring.

Like the health clinics, the phone line and email will be able to provide advice on:

  • child growth and development
  • nutrition and feeding including breastfeeding
  • support and helpful links for parenting
  • sleep routines
  • a fretful or unsettled baby
  • toilet training
  • behaviour management
  • health information such as Immunisations
  • any concerns a parent may have regarding their child or themselves
  • parent and infant mental and emotional well-being including postnatal depression

The clinics will focus upon the age range birth to five years but may be able to signpost to other services for older children too.

During this period, the FNHC health visitors can be contacted on telephone 01534 443674 or email at Enquiries@fnhc.org.je

The times of the phoneline for the Child Health Clinics are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

We would also remind parents and carers that despite the Coronavirus situation, it’s really important that if a child is seriously ill, they are taken to the Emergency Department at the Hospital. If a situation is less serious, but a child needs medical attention, a GP appointment should made as normal, or the out of hours GP can consulted at the weekends or in the evenings.

Family Nursing and Home Care stress that this offer does not replace the essential work being undertaken by The Child and Family Hub or the need to contact the Covid-19 helpline on 445566 where necessary.

More details about the Child and Family Hub and the Coronavirus helpline can be found on www.gov.je/coronavirus

 

Latest advice and information from the Health Visitor Team

  • Our Teams and the support they can provide
  • What to do if your child becomes unwell or is injured
  • Advice and resources for NEW parents
  • Advice on introducing solid food
  • Latest information on clinics and groups

Our teams and the support they can provide:

The Family Nursing & Homecare Child and Family Teams are dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of all families and want to share the Institute of Health Visitors iHV links and resources from trusted organisations and websites to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health visitors are Specialist Community Public Health Nurses who are also either Registered Nurses or Midwives and have done additional training to support the health and wellbeing of children under five years old and their families in the community. Health Visitors lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme.

Your health visiting support will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the way that the service is delivered will change as some services have been temporarily stopped and others are being provided using non-face to face methods like video-enabled contacts and text/ telephone.

 

The advice we follow and how our support to you may change:

All health visitors are following Government of Jersey and medical advice re contact.  Advice re social distancing is updated regularly on www.gov.je/coronavirus

Face to face contact with families will only be offered for compelling reasons in order to comply with social distancing and social isolation guidance. The decision on face to face contact will be based on your family’s health needs (this includes mothers/ fathers/ partners and the needs of your children, including unborn babies).

If the health visiting team has arranged a video or telephone consultation, it is because they feel they will be able to safely give you the care you need without bringing you into the clinic or visiting you at home.

The health visitor will work in partnership with you to discuss these reasons and decide the best option for you.

Remember: You can contact your Health Visitor if you are concerned or worried about yourself or your child’s health and wellbeing – they are there to help you find the support you need.

 

Where you can find out more:

Please look at the iHV link below for up to date information on your baby’s behaviour i.e. sleep, feeding and wellbeing as well as information about parental mental health and wellbeing. https://iHV.org.uk/ParentingCOVID19

 

 

What to do if your child becomes unwell

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rathers than coronavirus itself.

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government of Jersey advice to stay home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that your GP and  the hospital are still providing the same safe care that they have always done.

In Jersey, if you have a concern about your child’s health in the evenings or at the weekend, you can call the Out of Hours GP via the Hospital switchboard on (01534) 442000. If the Out of Hours GP thinks you need to be seen urgently, they will ask you to come in to either the Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) or the new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at the back of the Hospital.

Here is some further advice to help you.

 

Common childhood illnesses and what to do

In addition to this the Institute of Health Visiting has supplied information for parents on the most common childhood ilnesses. giiving advice on what to do if your child displays any of the following syptoms:

 

The Baby Check App

Baby Check features 19 simple checks that parents can do if their baby is showing signs of illness. Each check tests for a different symptom and when completed, a score is calculated that tells parents or carers how ill their baby is. The app then lets parents know whether their baby needs to see a doctor or health professional.

Click on the icon to find out more.

 

Due to the latest government advice regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), at present we are limiting home visits and our clinics are currently closed.

Our usual services; such as groups, Breast Feeding Buddies, massage and introducing solid foods workshops are also disrupted. We are looking forward to restarting these later in the year with dates to be confirmed.

In the meantime, we have put together this resource library of useful literaure and webpages from supportive agencies that we work closely with. We hope you find them helpful.

 

Feeding

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/infant-feeding-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

https://www.nhs.uk/start4life

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2010/11/otbs_leaflet.pdf

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/12/Responsive-Feeding-Infosheet-Unicef-UK-Baby-Friendly-Initiative.pdf

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2008/02/start4life_guide_to_bottle_-feeding.pdf

www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/breastfeedingcourse

 

Sleep

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your-baby/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/08/Caring-for-your-baby-at-night-web.pdf

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/support-for-parents/

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/

 

Relationship building

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/04/happybaby_leaflet_web.pdf

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/play-ideas-and-reading/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

 

Parental mental health

https://www.mindjersey.org/get-support/signposting/adult-signposting

https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Post-natal-depression/

https://www.linc.je/crisis

 

Safety

https://www.sja.org.uk/get-advice/first-aid-advice/?parentId=12265&categoryId=12349

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/st-john-ambulance-first-aid/id347574230

https://www.gov.je/Industry/HealthSafetyWork/SmokeFree/Pages/SecondHandSmoke.aspx

 

Immunisations

https://www.gov.je/Health/Children/pages/childhoodimmunisation.aspx

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/

 

Baby groups, childcare & nurseries

https://www.jcct.org.je

https://www.gov.je/education/preschool/Pages/index.aspx

 

Local information

https://www.gov.je/Caring/HelpSupportChildrenFamilies/Pages/ChildrenAndFamiliesHub.aspx

https://www.caringcooksofjersey.com

http://www.jod.je/kb5/jersey/directory/home.page

 

Relationships

https://www.relate.org.uk/find-my-nearest-relate/centre/jersey-relate-centre

https://jerseywomensrefuge.org/

 

Parental health

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/

https://www.gov.je/health/help2quit/pages/index.aspx

https://www.gov.je/Industry/HealthSafetyWork/SmokeFree/Pages/SecondHandSmoke.aspx

 

Introducing Solid Food

In light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and cessation of groups including Introducing Solids Workshop, we would like to share some basic information with you about introducing solid food to your baby, and direct you to evidence based resources where you can find out more.

 

The World Health Organisation recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, at which point complimentary feeding can begin. If you have chosen to feed with infant formula, you should also wait until your baby is six months old before you introduce any complimentary foods. This reduces the likelihood of allergies and ensures babies gut is mature enough to digest solid food. Milk remains an important part of Babies diet for the first year.

 

Breastfed Babies should receive Vitamins A, C and D from six months. For babies who are formula fed, they should have vitamin supplements once they are drinking less than 500mls of formula each day.

Fruit and veg are ideal  first foods for your baby to explore. Nuts, gluten (wheat), dairy and eggs, and meat and fish should be avoided before 6 months. mHoney should not be givento your baby until they are one year old. Whole nuts should not be given to children under the age of 5, but smooth nut spreads are fine. Sugar other than natural sugars should be avoided, and salt should not be added to any foods whilst cooking or serving.

First Steps Nutrition have lots of suggested recipes for you to try with your baby. They also offer evidence based advice on formula milks and dairy free alternatives. Remember, first stage milk should be used for the first year, after which cows milk can be offered. Follow on milk is unnecessary and expensive.

The NHS launched start4life weaning hub last year. Not only does it have lots of recipe ideas, it also has videos where dieticians and other healthcare professionals talk you through different aspects of your weaning journey.

If you find yourself with more specific queries, or you want to discuss introducing solids further, you can still contact your Health Visiting Teams through FNHC main reception on 01534 443600 or email enquiries@fnhc.org.je

Family Nursing and Home Care offer virtual Child Health Clinics for parents

Family Nursing and Home Care (FNHC) have created a virtual Child Health Clinic to replace the health clinics which parents would normally visit, which are run by the organisation’s health visitors, and provide advice and reassurance for parents in Jersey.

From Monday 20 April 2020 parents and carers who would normally access the Child Health Clinics run across the island, can instead call or email a Health Visitor for advice, despite the ongoing situation with Coronavirus.

We know that this can be a worrying time for families and that services are working differently at the moment.

This includes the current suspension of Child Health Clinics run by Health Visitors from Family Nursing and Home Care where parents can normally seek advice and support or signposting for a range of issues.

So, we’re replacing the clinics with a dedicated phone line, and parents and carers can also email us. The clinics we run normally are well supported and we know how valuable parents find them as a touchpoint for face-to-face help and advice. We hope that while we have to work differently, they’ll find the option of phoning us or emailing us reassuring.

Like the health clinics, the phone line and email will be able to provide advice on:

  • child growth and development
  • nutrition and feeding including breastfeeding
  • support and helpful links for parenting
  • sleep routines
  • a fretful or unsettled baby
  • toilet training
  • behaviour management
  • health information such as Immunisations
  • any concerns a parent may have regarding their child or themselves
  • parent and infant mental and emotional well-being including postnatal depression

The clinics will focus upon the age range birth to five years but may be able to signpost to other services for older children too.

During this period, the FNHC health visitors can be contacted on telephone 01534 443674 or email at Enquiries@fnhc.org.je

The times of the phoneline for the Child Health Clinics are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

We would also remind parents and carers that despite the Coronavirus situation, it’s really important that if a child is seriously ill, they are taken to the Emergency Department at the Hospital. If a situation is less serious, but a child needs medical attention, a GP appointment should made as normal, or the out of hours GP can consulted at the weekends or in the evenings.

Family Nursing and Home Care stress that this offer does not replace the essential work being undertaken by The Child and Family Hub or the need to contact the Covid-19 helpline on 445566 where necessary.

More details about the Child and Family Hub and the Coronavirus helpline can be found on www.gov.je/coronavirus

Following the latest advice issued by the Government of Jersey to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Island, Health Visiting Services regret to inform our clients that the following groups are now CANCELLED until further notice. 

  • All Child Health Clinics (these are now replaced with a virtual servive)
  • Introduction to weaning sessions
  • Breast Feeding Buddies - For those needing breastfeeding support in the absence of our Breastfeeding Buddies group, Sarah Keating can be contacted via email on sa.keating@fnhc.org.je to make a plan of support
  • Infant Massage 
  • Pop in and Play 
  • Up to ones 

 

Community support and volunteering: Help is available

To ensure that help and support reaches Islanders who need it most during the coronavirus pandemic, the Government is working closely with the Parishes, voluntary and community sector and local businesses to get the right help to Islanders when they need it.

https://www.gov.je/Health/Coronavirus/Volunteering/Pages/CoronavirusVolunteering.aspx