Health concerns articles
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.
Viral and bacterial infections in children
Viral and bacterial infections in children
Watch this video to hear an expert paediatrician explain differences between viral infections and bacterial infections in children and when to see a doctor.
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.
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.
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.