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Healthcare Resources for Sick Toddlers


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Sometimes when your child is sick, you know exactly what to do. Other times, you might need help deciding who to call. Here's some basic advice.

When it's not an emergency but you need information right away, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 - any time of day or night. A registered nurse will give you confidential information and advice. You can also speak to a pharmacist about medication concerns. The pharmacist is available from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. every day.

For ongoing support and assistance, see your local public health office. Typical programs and resources include:

  • Child immunization
  • Programs and services for parents of infants and preschoolers
  • Assessment and screening of child development and progress
  • Education and support for families of children with asthma, allergies and eczema
  • Resources on pregnancy and parenting (pamphlets, brochures, books, videos and more)
  • Telephone contact with all new mothers and follow up home visits
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Postpartum depression screening
  • Support for women during postpartum adjustment or those who are experiencing postpartum depression
  • Education and support for parenting concerns (safety, healthy lifestyle choices, parent support services and more)

For concerns about your toddler's health or development talk to any of the following professionals:

HealthLink BC - Anywhere in B.C. dial 8-1-1 Deaf and hearing impaired 7-1-1 Translation services are offered in over 130 languages.

Resources & Links:
HealthLink BC: Giving Over-the-Counter Medicines to Children 

Last Updated: August 13, 2013