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Coronavirus: Help for Bradford district families

Coronavirus: Help for Bradford district families

Published by May Norman at 6:45am 26th April 2020.

Parents reminded Council and NHS are #StillHereToHelp families

  • Bradford District Council is reissuing support advice to families during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The authority is signposting mums and dads to its services.

Families across the Bradford district, particularly those with babies and young children, are being reminded that there is support out there for anyone needing it during the coronavirus outbreak.

A number of useful guides have been created offering families advice over the care of their children while at home by Bradford Council’s Public Health department, Better Start Bradford, The Bradford Partnership (Working Together to Safeguard Children) and other NHS partners.

The topics covered include being healthy in pregnancy, coping with crying, infant feeding, eating well and activities for school-aged children.

They can be found on the Bradford Council website here.

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Another important guide offers advice for parents if their children are ill, reminding them that health services are #StillHereToHelp if they become poorly for non-coronavirus reasons.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council Portfolio holder for healthy people and places, said:

“Being a parent at this time can be stressful and our normal support networks of friends and relatives are not as easily accessible during this time and these guides are one way we can help.

“It is important that families know that they still need to ask for help if they are finding things difficult – whether that is from friends, relative, the Council, the NHS or other organisations.

“The advice has been tailored to offer specific help at this time when families are living more closely in their homes for long periods of time.”

Public Health Early Years guidance for Bradford families

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, families with babies or young children may need additional support to stay healthy. The following is a series of guides with local information and links which will help you and your family remain healthy and safe whilst you are socially distancing yourselves.

  • Happy, Healthy Pregnancy – For pregnant women offering reassurance on being pregnant at this time and tips on staying well
  • Perinatal mental health – For new parents - advice if you notice significant changes in your mental state, or have thoughts or acts of violent self-harm
  • Infant feeding - Breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and keeping baby close is as important now as it always has been
  • If your child is unwell – Reminding parents of the services on offer for children around the district and to ensure they seek help when needed from trusted service
  • Coping with Crying - Help for parents to cope with a crying baby
  • Getting outdoors - Getting outside whilst social distancing ideas of how to make the most of your hours exercise with children
  • Spending time at home with 0-2 year olds – Being with your baby and getting to know your baby whilst at home remains as important as ever for new families
  • 0 to 5 activities - Links to lots of different play and activity ideas for our pre-school children
  • School aged activities - Living well at home with school age children, reminders of things to be aware of and where to find help
  • Eating well - Tips on how to eat well whilst limiting shopping to essential items and relying on food readily available in shops and foodbanks.
  • Smoke free homes - Healthy living advice - smoking and COVID-19
  • Support for families with no English – Links to COVID-19 advice in different languages
  • How to stay safe at home in a large family with elders and people at high risk - a guide on how a large household can stay healthy during this time.