'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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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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Well Child Tamariki Ora service

It's important that you join up with Plunket or another Well Child Tamariki Ora service as soon as your baby is born, so that they can see your baby when your midwife finishes visiting you. Your midwife can help you to choose the Well Child Tamariki Ora service that's right for you. It's free to all New Zealand children from birth to 5 years. Read more ...

Ear infections and hearing

Ear infections are very common in young children. They can cause pain, and often fever. If you suspect your child has an ear infection, take them to your family doctor. If you have concerns about your child's hearing at any time, take your child for an assessment. If your child does have a hearing problem, finding it as early as possible is good for their learning and development. Read more ...

 

Impetigo on a  child's face
Impetigo (or school sores) starts with blisters on exposed parts of the body, such as hands, legs and face. The blisters burst and turn into a sore with a yellow crust that gets bigger each day. Go to the doctor if your child has impetigo.
Photo of doctor with stethoscope examining a baby
Did you know that fever actually helps your child’s body fight off infection? A fever may make your child feel unhappy, but even a high body temperature is very unlikely to cause permanent harm.
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.
Mother holding her crying baby
Crying is normal. Crying is the only way babies can let you know that something is upsetting them and that they need you. Play safe - pick up and comfort your baby.