'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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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. Find out about normal sleep for primary school children, common sleep problems in this age group, and a range of strategies to manage them. There is also information about helping your teenager get the sleep they need, and safe sleep for babies. See the sleeping sound section.

 

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Young girl leaning forward on arms and crying
The presence of pain can affect all aspects of a child or young person's life and have a big impact on their family/whānau.
Medicine from bottle being poured into a measuring spoon
Paracetamol (Pamol, Panadol) is a medicine to help reduce pain. Too much can be dangerous. Keep all medicines in a locked or latched cupboard.
Boy lying in bed with a thermometer in his mouth and a hand on his forehead
A fever by itself does not mean your child is seriously sick - even an ordinary cold can cause a high fever. Did you know that fever actually helps your child’s body fight off infection?
Mother holding her crying baby
Crying is your baby's way of communicating. Babies often need a lot of calming, soothing and holding when they are upset.