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Kids' health

Some children suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

ADHD and overactive children

Learn more about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and overactive children, including coping tips and where to go for help.

Sad looking boy walking through school corridor alone to illustrate anxiety.

Anxiety in children

Anxiety is a normal part of life that can sometimes affect children. Learn more about the signs of anxiety in children and how to help them.

Asthma and exercise

Asthma is not a reason for children to avoid sport. It is usually managed easily and should be included in your child’s asthma action plan.

Image of sad-looking little girl sitting on a bed to illustrate bedwetting in older children.

Bedwetting in older children

Bedwetting in older children can happen if the child does not wake when they need to urinate. But there are several things you can do.

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.

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the lining of the eye and eyelid.

Conjunctivitis

Known as ‘pink eye’, conjunctivitis is a contagious disease that turns the whites of the eye pink. Read about symptoms and treatments here.

Close-up image of boy clutching his stomach in a doctor's room to illustrate constipation in children.

Constipation in children

Constipation in kids is quite common and isn't usually caused by something serious. Here's how to help your child when they're constipated.

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.

Dental care for children

Tooth decay is on the rise, so it’s vital to teach your child good oral health habits. Get tips on how to clean your children's teeth well.

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.

Image of little girl and father putting shoes on inside a home to illustrate children's feet health.

Foot care for kids

Caring for children's feet starts from birth. Find out more about how to look after your child's feet and how to keep them in tiptop condition.

Handwashing prevents disease transfer.

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Trusted information about hand, foot and mouth disease, including its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Removing head lice can be done using the conditioner and comb method.

Head lice

Head lice are tiny insects that feed on blood by biting skin. Here's what to do if your child's affected by lice - and how to prevent an infestation.

Healthy eating for children

Encourage healthy eating habits in children by planning meals and shopping for healthy food. Being at a healthy weight helps children enjoy life more.

Hydration tips for children

Children are sometimes at risk of dehydration, especially in hot weather and when exercising. These tips will help keep them safe and healthy.

Immunisation for your child is important not only for them but others in the community.

Immunisation for your child

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. Discover more about childhood vaccinations.

Impetigo - baby with rash on his arm

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that causes sores and blisters. It's very common and affects mainly children.

A fever is high temperature over 38.5 C in children.

Looking after a sick child

Find out how to best care for your child, make things easier for yourself and deal with minor accidents, plus where to go for expert help.

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.

Child taking medicine through a syringe.

Medicines and children

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

Meningitis

Meningitis can be a life-threatening illness requiring urgent medical treatment. Learn more about meningitis, including the common symptoms.

Image of anxious-looking pre-teen girl with her head leaning against her palm, to illustrate kids and mental health concerns.

Mental health and kids

Mental health problems affect a child’s emotions and behaviour, and can be worrying for the child and their family.

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.

Making changes to your family's lifestyle can make a real difference to your child's weight.

Childhood obesity and overweight children

If you've learned that your child is overweight, there are simple steps you can take to help your child move towards a healthy weight.

Personal hygiene for children

Good personal hygiene can boost your child's self-esteem, as well as keep them healthy. Find tips and links that will help support your children.

Physical activity and children

Children over 5 should be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day. Encourage your child to be active and set them up for a healthy life.

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.

Safe exercise for children

Your child needs to exercise safely, so there are some simple rules to remember. Know how much exercise is right and why warming up is important.

Safe sports environment for children

Learn how sporting groups and parents can provide an environment that is safe, supportive and fair for children who play sport.

Scabies.

Scabies

Scabies is caused by a tiny bug that burrows under the skin, causing intense itching and sometimes a rash. Here’s how to prevent spreading it.

School exclusion for health reasons

Kids with certain infectious diseases must stay away from school or childcare. Find out how exclusions work and when your child can return to school.

Sleep tips for children

Sleep is vital for a child’s growth, learning and development. Find out how much sleep children need, and discover new ways to help them sleep well.

Speech development

Kids learn to talk and develop at their own rate, but there are some general patterns of speech development for babies and children. Find out more.

Sport and developing life skills

Sport isn’t just good for children’s bodies. Sport has psychological benefits for children and adolescents, and teaches them important life skills.

Image of white cotton thread and a needle to symbolise threadworm, or 'pinworm', which resemble tiny pieces of thread.

Threadworms (pinworms)

Threadworms infect children when eggs are transferred from their hands to their mouths. Learn how to prevent and treat threadworm.

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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