'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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Photo of a group of teenagers in action at a dance class

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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Doctor examining a baby who is sitting on mother's lap

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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Children grouped around a bench in a park

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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A family sitting together - parents and three children, including baby 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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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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Father kissing his baby

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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Two young smiling girls wearing life jackets and floating on their backs in a swimming pool

Sleeping sound

Primary school children need 10-11 hours of sleep each night and teenagers need about 9. Not getting enough sleep is common in school children. For information about normal sleep in primary school children, common sleep problems in this age group, and a range of strategies to manage them, see the sleeping sound section. You'll also find information about safe sleep for babies, and helping your teenager get the sleep they need.
Sleeping sound

 
Photo of boy sleeping
Doctor, mother and 2 children during a consultation
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.
Family eating together
It takes a little work to bring everyone together for meals. But it's worth it and the whole family eats better.
Diagram of asthma airways
Asthma is a condition that leads to narrowing of the airways of the lungs. Symptoms include wheeze, cough and difficulty breathing. Common asthma triggers are colds, exercise, dust, pollens and cigarette smoke.
Photo of child with chickenpox rash on back
Chickenpox is a common childhood illness caused by a virus. It is very easy to catch. Children with chickenpox need to stay home from school and day care.