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Babies and toddlers health

Babies and toddlers health
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Babies' and toddlers' health

Breastfeeding can be a special time for both mother and baby.

About breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be a special time for both mum and baby. Breast milk meets all your baby's nutritional needs from birth to 6 months.

Child taking medicine through a syringe.

Children's medicines

Children don't always need medicine to get over an illness, but if you do need to give medicine, here are some useful tips.

Croup is very common in young children.

Croup

Croup is very common in children under 5 years old. Find out how croup is diagnosed and treated here.

Fever in children

Fevers are quite common in young children and usually they are mild. Find out how to deal with fever and high temperatures in children here.

Peanut allergy can cause a serious reaction in children.

Food allergies in children

Does your family have a history of eczema, asthma, hay fever or food allergies? Learn about food allergies in children and how to spot a reaction.

A spotty, purple-red rash could be a sign of meningitis.

Symptoms of serious illness in babies and children

If your child has a serious illness, it’s important to get medical attention quickly. Learn how to recognise the symptoms and what to do.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial infection and is most serious in babies. Here’s how to spot the symptoms and protect infants.

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