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When Your Child Is Sick

As a parent, you play a central role in managing your child’s wellbeing. When Your Child Is Sick will empower you to know what is normal when it comes to your child’s health and when you really do need to seek medical advice.

In the main, there are 20 reasons why children are taken to the doctor and the problem is often quite minor. This book is built around these core childhood ailments, which you will encounter as your child grows. It will help you identify what’s wrong and give you the confidence to treat common complaints with common sense in the home.

Up to date with information and advice on the latest challenges young people face, there are sections on problems in early adolescence, the rise in allergies and the ongoing surge in obesity.

When Your Child Is Sick is the essential health guide every parent and carer needs.


Makes an excellent job of sorting out the minor from the major, getting that very tricky balance right so that parents don’t over- or under-worry.’ Irish Examiner

‘A clearly written and well-illustrated handbook that will provide an important information source to parents and reassure them.’ World of Irish Nursing and Midwifery

’A really handy book to have at home.’ Mummy Pages


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Publication Date

April 2016




Hardback, 336 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Books


253 x 198 mm


By Alf Nicholson and Grainne O'Malley

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Alf Nicholson FRCPI, FRCPCH is RCSI Professor of Paediatrics. He is based in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and has over 25 years’ experience in the practice of paediatric medicine. He is the National Clinical Lead for Paediatrics in the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology and co-dean for basic specialist training in Paediatrics and is responsible for the national programme for junior paediatric trainee doctors in Ireland.

He has worked in Europe and Australia, including the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne (the largest paediatric hospital in the southern hemisphere).

He is married with four children.


Gráinne O’Malley is a professional writer with a background in public relations and over 20 years’ writing experience. She is a mother of two children.

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