'kidshealth' - for New Zealand parents / caregivers

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Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau

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Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau

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Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau

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Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau

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Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau

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Infant breastfeeding

Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau

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Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau

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Get immunised against the flu 

The flu can make you very sick. Even if your child is fit and healthy, they can easily catch the flu. Health experts are urging New Zealanders to get immunised against the flu as soon as possible to get protected. Recent cases show the flu is not just a winter illness. Immunisation is especially important, and free, for children with certain long-term health conditions. See more information about flu and flu immunisation

 

Measles is very easy to catch - and easily preventable

Check with your doctor whether you and your family have been fully immunised against measles. Measles affects both children and adults. Two doses of the measles vaccine is all you need to protect yourself, your family and your community. See more information about measles and measles immunisation.

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Eczema is a common condition in childhood and has a big impact on families. Find out how you can reduce eczema's impact on your child's quality of life. Watch the video series.
Apple with skin partially peeled off
Babies and children can choke on food at any age but those under 5 are at higher risk, and especially children and babies under 3. Watch a video showing you ways to reduce the choking risk.
Graphic of a baby breastfeeding, showing the position of the nipple inside the mouth
Ask to be shown how to breastfeed. Make sure your baby is properly attached (latched). Watch a video showing you how.
Two mums in the kitchen preparing baby meals
A great way to stock up on baby food - cook a large amount and freeze portions. See key messages in 10 languages, and a video.