This autumn and winter, health experts are predicting a rise in coughs and colds in 0–3-year-olds, especially those caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

With hospitals already under pressure, our Boloh helpline can help you understand the key symptoms to look out for, what you can do to support your child at home and when to seek help. Along with the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, we’ve developed advice to help you look after children with respiratory infections. 

Get in touch 

 For advice and practical support on how to look after a child with a respiratory infection, get in touch.

Call us on  0800 151 2605  or use the web chat function. 

How we can help 

Our Boloh helpline advisors will help you understand the key symptoms to look out for. Give us a call or chat to us if you need practical advice and support on: 

  • How to manage mild symptoms in children at home 

  • Best ways to seek medical support 

  • Registering with a GP surgery 

  • Contacting the NHS111 helpline 

  • Meeting your child’s needs, for example providing food, clothes, tech devices, household items and others 

Who can access this service? 

The Boloh helpline is available to any parent in the UK, however, we work specifically with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Our advisors can provide the service in English, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Polish, Luganda, Ruyankole, Rukiga, Rutooro and Kinyarwanda. Interpreters can be requested for other languages. 

More advice about keeping your family healthy and happy is available at Barnardos Family Space and the NHS Healthier Together website.