Child Health

Treating an Infection

The following is a guide to common infections and how to treat them, when you should expect to be better, and what to do if symptoms don’t improve.

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Trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.


NHS 111

The NHS 111 service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of fully trained advisers. They will ask questions to assess your symptoms and, depending on the situation.

Telephone: 111


Weight Management

Alive ‘N’ Kicking provide free weight management service for children 4 – 19 years. Sessions are delivered across the Borough at Various times.

Telephone: 020 8646 7795




Children's Health Visiting Services

The Health Visiting service supports and educates families to help give each child the best possible start in life.

Health Visitors offer a range of health promotion, health protection and safeguarding interventions to protect and promote the health of families in the borough.

The service is provided by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Telephone: 0330 053 9264



Vaccination planner

Download a personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

Download from: NHS: Vaccination Schedule

Healthy Start Vouchers

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You could qualify if you’re on benefits, or if you’re pregnant and under 18.


Merton Children's Services

Providing a range of drop-ins and bookable programmes supporting your child’s learning and development, including baby massage for first-time parents, speech and language and parenting programmes and support for families with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

We also work closely with our midwifery and health visiting partners. Antenatal and postnatal clinics, development checks and weaning support are delivered though the centres, along with drop-in child health clinics.


Smoking Cessation - One You Merton Stop Smoking Service

Patient telephones the service and undertakes a screening questionnaire over the telephone. If referral accepted then patient directed to local service.

Telephone: 020 8973 3545


Talk To Us Off The Record

When things feel really overwhelming, you might feel very alone. You might feel desperate for help, but find that the idea of having to book appointments, get out of the house or that the idea of going and ‘talking’ to someone is impossible. That’s where our online support services comes in; it gives you the opportunity to get things off your chest in your own time and on your own terms.


Childhood illness visual guide

Use this visual guide to help you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child. Includes conditions such as measles, slapped cheek syndrome, chicken pox and warts.

Website: NHS: Visual Guide for Childhood illnesses

Young Merton

Information and Advice for young people provided by London Borough of Merton.

Website: Young Merton