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.
Looking after a sick child
Mild illnesses are common in children, but knowing about symptoms will help you care for your child and know whether their condition is more serious.
Chickenpox is a mild childhood illness, that can also occur in adults. It is occasionally serious. Here's how you can prevent catching chickenpox.
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness mainly affecting children under 10 years old but sometimes affecting older children and adults.
Fifth disease (Slapped cheek disease)
Fifth disease or 'slapped cheek disease' is a mild viral illness marked by a red rash that makes children’s cheeks look like they’ve been slapped
School exclusion periods
If your child has an infectious illness, you may need to keep them home to stop it spreading at daycare or school. Learn about school exclusion periods here.
Vomiting in children
Learn more about the causes of vomiting in children, and use these handy tips to help alleviate the symptoms.
Many childhood diseases spread easily between family members and at schools. Read on to learn more about causes, symptoms, treatments and when to see a doctor.
Vaccine preventable diseases
Vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) — such as measles, mumps — can be prevented by an immunisation program. Learn more about VPDs in Australia.
Shingles — infographic
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful blistering rash. This infographic provides you with information on the symptoms, treatments and vaccination.