Keeping your child healthy

Useful information for parents about keeping your child healthy

Useful Websites for Parents

Local Dentists

It is really important for your child to be registered with a dentist and to visit them every six months. If you do not have a dentist yet, here are some local NHS dentists:

  • Inspire Dental Practice
    Tel: 020 8517 5347228
    Oxlow Lane, Dagenham , Essex, RM10 7YX
  • Dagenham Dental
    Tel: 020 8592 0822 221
    Heathway, Essex, Dagenham, RM9 6AE
  • Orchard Road (DS) Limited
    Tel: 020 8592 4330
    Essex Family Dental Care, 1-5 Orchard Road, Dagenham, RM10 9PT
  • Aspire Dental
    Tel: 0208 595 1116
    1-3 Dewey Road, Dagenham, RM10 8AP
  • Gale Street Limited
    Tel: 020 8592 5223
    Essex Family Dental Care, 513 – 515 Gale Street, Dagenham, RM9 4TP

Nits: Top Tips for Parents

  • Check for head lice and nits
    Regularly checking your child’s hair will mean you can spot head lice at the very first sign and treat them effectively.
  • When to treat head lice
    Treat head lice as soon as you see a live one. Check all the family and treat anyone who has lice. And remember, if you choose to use a medicated product, use it only when you see live head lice. Do not use a medicated product as a preventative method, otherwise head lice can build up resistance.
  • How to prevent head lice 
    Repeat, repeat, repeat. Always follow up any treatment method as directed by the instructions on the product you’re using. Even with treatments that are claimed to kill head lice after one application, the Department of Heath suggests checking for lice again after three to five days, and again 10 to 12 days after using the treatment. This is because not all the eggs may be killed by the first application. If you choose the conditioner-and-nit-comb method, repeat this at regular intervals until all the nits and lice have gone. Regularly combing through your child’s hair and checking will help prevent re-infestation.
  • How head lice spread
    Head lice are extremely common – they’re nothing to be embarrassed about . If your child has them, please tell us so we can alert other parents and ask to get their children treated as soon as possible, to help stop the spread of head lice. If you don’t, you run the the risk of your now lice-free child being re-infected by someone they gave the lice to. 

Please see the NHS website page for more information.

Eye Tests

Children should start having regular eye tests from age 6

All children under 16 qualify for an NHS voucher entitling them to a free eye test. If you’re at all worried about the expense of having your child’s eyes tested, don’t be.

All Eye Tests are free for children under 16.  Go and book an eye test at your local opticians today.

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