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Childhood illnesses

Childhood illnesses
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Childhood illnesses

Cool baths, loose comfortable clothes and calamine lotion can all ease the itchiness from chickenpox.

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how to help ease symptoms and discomfort.

It’s normal for a child to have eight or more colds a year.

Coughs, colds and ear infections in children

It’s normal for a child to have 8 or more colds per year. Read this article to find out more about common childhood ailments.

Child vomiting in a bucket.

Diarrhoea and vomiting in children

Learn more about the causes of diarrhoea and vomiting in children, and use these handy tips to help alleviate the symptoms.

A digital thermometer can be used to see if your child has a fever

Fever and high temperature 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.

Child and paediatrician with a phial of MMR vaccine - measles

Measles

Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or haven't had measles before, but it's most common in kids. Learn more about this illness.

Mumps is most common in children.

Mumps

Mumps is a contagious viral infection, most common in children between 5 and 15 years. These days it’s rare thanks to effective immunisation.

Mild fever of 38 degrees C or more is a common symptom of rubella.

Rubella

Rubella (also known as German measles) is best prevented by the MMR vaccination. Learn more about its distinctive rash, other symptoms and treatments.

Whooping cough is serious in babies under 12 months old.

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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Serious childhood illnesses: what to do | Raising Children Network

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.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Chronic childhood illness managing the emotional impact

Sometimes children have an illness that is not 'curable' but continues on into adulthood

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Chronic childhood illness managing the emotional impact

Sometimes children have an illness that is not 'curable' but continues on into adulthood

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

NSW Health urges parents to be aware but not alarmed about EV71

NSW Health is urging parents to be aware not alarmed about some recent cases of enterovirus 71 or 'EV71' reported in NSW. To date, there have been no deaths reported from the virus and the number of cases has fallen.

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Hand, foot and mouth disease

Find out what is hand, foot and mouth disease and links to trusted information on its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Scarlet fever (group A streptococcus infection) information | myVMC

Scarlet fever occurs following Streptococcus infection. It can cause liver, neurological and other complications if not treated with antibiotics.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Otitis media in children - myDr.com.au

Otitis media (middle ear infection) is a common childhood illness that typically causes earache and fever.

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How to tell if your child is sick

Here is some helpful guidance on how to tell if your child is unwell, common symptoms for childhood illnesses and when you should seek further advice.

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Hand, foot and mouth disease | Raising Children Network

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness. It comes up as mouth ulcers and blisters on your childs hands and feet. Its usually harmless.

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Hand, foot and mouth disease - myDr.com.au

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common childhood illness causing mouth sores and a skin rash. Read about the symptoms, treatment and how to prevent infection by this viral illness.

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