Summer skin rashes
Summer rashes can be caused by things like sunlight, insects, sweating and overheating - especially if you have allergies and/or pre-existing skin conditions.
Colds and flu treatments
There may be several treatments available for colds and flu (influenza). The information and resources on this page will help you understand what is involved.
You can take paracetamol for mild to moderate pain. Here’s some information on how paracetamol works, when you should not take it and possible side effects.
Children don't always need medicine to get over an illness, but if you do need to give medicine, here are some useful tips.
Colic in babies
Colic is the medical term for excessive, frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy and well fed. Although colic is common it is a poorly understood condition.
Fifth disease (Slapped cheek disease)
Fifth disease or 'slapped cheek disease' is a fairly mild viral illness that appears as a red rash that makes children’s cheeks look like they’ve been slapped.
Symptoms of serious illness in babies and children
If your child has a serious illness, it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Learn how to recognise the symptoms and what to do.
Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, however pregnant women and newborn babies can also be at risk. Find out more about diagnosis and when to contact your doctor, plus links to trusted resources.
Parechovirus is a virus that usually has very mild symptoms, or none at all. Sometimes it can cause serious illness in babies and young children. Good hygiene can help stop it spreading.
Trusted health information about the Zika virus, including causes, symptoms, risks for pregnant women and what to do if you are planning to travel overseas.