Health concerns articles
Allergies
Allergies
Allergies in children – what are they? And what can you do about them? This clear, practical guide explains causes and treatments for children’s allergies.
Food allergies and food intolerances
Food allergies and food intolerances
What’s the difference between food allergies and food intolerance in children? How do you reduce the risk of kids developing allergies? This guide explains.
Food allergies and food intolerances: symptoms and management
Food allergies and food intolerances: symptoms and management
If your child has food allergies or food intolerance, the most important thing is avoiding the food. You also need to know about symptoms and reactions.
Non-food allergies
Non-food allergies
If your child has allergies to dust mites, pollen, grass, animals, latex, insect stings and bites, read this guide for reliable allergy management advice.
Second-hand smoke and your child
Second-hand smoke and your child
Second-hand smoke can cause serious health problems for your child. Here’s how to reduce the risks to children of second-hand smoke or passive smoking.
Serious childhood illnesses: 0-3 years
Serious childhood illnesses: 0-3 years
How do you know if your baby or young child is really sick? This guide helps you recognise signs of serious childhood illnesses and explains what to do.
Taking your child’s temperature
Taking your child’s temperature
It’s important to know how to take your child’s temperature to check for fever. Here’s how to take a temperature using different kinds of thermometers.
Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is large, runny, frequent or watery poo. It’s common in children. Make sure your child has enough to drink as she recovers from diarrhoea.
Middle ear infection
Middle ear infection
Children with middle ear infections usually have pain or discomfort in the ear. If you think your child has a middle ear infection, it’s wise to see a GP.
Cradle cap
Cradle cap
Cradle cap is the oily, scaly crust that babies get on scalps and torsos and in body folds. It usually doesn’t need treatment and goes away by itself.
Fever
Fever
If your child’s temperature is higher than 38°C, it’s probably a fever. A fever is a sign of illness. Here’s what to do when your child has a fever.
Lactose intolerance
Lactose intolerance
Concerned your baby or child has lactose intolerance? This article explains the signs, clears up common confusion and suggests how to treat symptoms.
Constipation
Constipation
Constipation is when your child has hard poo and has trouble pushing it out. Read about signs of constipation in babies and children and what to do.
Swimming pool hygiene
Swimming pool hygiene
Sometimes germs in swimming pools can make children sick. Our simple precautions for swimming pool hygiene can help your family stay healthy in pool water.
Nappy rash
Nappy rash
Nappy rash is common and can happen no matter how carefully you look after your baby’s bottom. You can take simple steps to treat and prevent nappy rash.
Colds
Colds
A cold is a type of upper respiratory tract infection. You can’t cure a cold, but you can treat cold symptoms to help your child feel more comfortable.
Circumcision
Circumcision
Circumcising your son is your choice. It’s a decision best made when you have information from all sides of the circumcision debate. Our article explains.