Health concerns articles
Newborn screening
Newborn screening
In the first 48-72 hours of your baby’s life, you’ll be offered newborn screening to check for rare conditions. Here’s what you need to know.
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.
Wind and newborn babies: in pictures
Wind and newborn babies: in pictures
Our handy guide to wind and burping positions in newborns takes you through the steps to burping your baby – in pictures.
Jaundice in newborns
Jaundice in newborns
Mild jaundice in newborns is quite common and usually harmless. Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes. Newborn jaundice usually goes away after 1-2 weeks.
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.
Plagiocephaly
Plagiocephaly
Plagiocephaly is an uneven head shape or a flat head. It happens because newborn skull bones are soft and moveable. You can often prevent plagiocephaly.
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.