Childhood illness - the basics
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?
The most common reason for a child to have a raised temperature is because they are fighting off an infection.
There is no foolproof system to tell you whether or not your child is seriously ill but you can check a list of symptoms that indicate a significant health issue. If your baby is under 3 months old and you are worried, go to a doctor.
Baby Check is a tool to help parents decide if their baby under 6 months old needs a doctor.
Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses.
Febrile convulsions are a common childhood problem between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. They happen when a child has a fever.