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Childhood illnesses

Childhood illnesses
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Childhood illnesses

Being sick is part of childhood, and caring for a sick child is part of being a parent. But you might worry about a rash or wonder if a cough is getting worse. Many of the diseases listed below spread easily between family members, at day-care centres and at schools. Thankfully, some of them are preventable with immunisation. Read on to learn about their causes and symptoms - and when to see a doctor.

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.

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.

Child vomiting in a bucket.

Diarrhoea and vomiting in children

These helpful tips can explain some of the causes of diarrhoea and vomiting in children and show you how to alleviate the symptoms.

A fever is a high temperature over 37.5 °C in children.

Fever in children

Does your child have a high temperature? Here’s how to make them more comfortable, and when to seek urgent medical attention.

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 had it before, but it's most common in children. Learn more about this illness.

Mumps is most common in children.

Mumps

Mumps is an uncommon but contagious viral infection. This article explains what to look out for.

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 highly contagious bacterial infection and most serious in babies. Here’s how to spot symptoms and protect infants.

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Signs of serious childhood illness | Raising Children Network

How do you know when your child is really sick? Read this guide to signs of serious childhood illness for advice on when to go to hospital or see a doctor.

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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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Scarlet fever (Scarlatina) | myVMC

Scarlet fever was once a very serious childhood disease, but now is easily treatable

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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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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. Coping with chronic childhood illness can be very difficult at first, not only for the child, but for the whole family. In addition to the child's physical health and medical needs, you need to manage the feelings that come with all the changes and health issues.

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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. Coping with chronic childhood illness can be very difficult at first, not only for the child, but for the whole family. In addition to the child's physical health and medical needs, you need to manage the feelings that come with all the changes and health issues.

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

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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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 - 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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Definitions of childhood trauma and child abuse

Child abuse includes sexual, emotional and physical abuse as well as living with domestic violence in childhood; childhood trauma is a broader term.

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