A baby with whooping cough

New Zealand is in the early stages of a national outbreak of whooping cough. Whooping cough can cause serious illness and sometimes death in babies. Immunisation is the best protection against whooping cough.

A child's ear

Ear pain and concerns about hearing are one of the most common reasons parents take their young children to the doctor.

Treating a child for head lice using a fine-tooth head lice comb

Head lice are small insects that live on the human scalp. They are common and cause concern and frustration for parents, children and young people. Wet combing with conditioner and a fine tooth nit comb (without using chemicals) is an effective way to find and remove head lice, if done properly.

A group of happy teenagers

To be a more effective parent and enjoy a closer family relationship, you need to spend quality family time together.

A child having moisturiser put on her arm

Find out how you can reduce eczema's impact on your child's quality of life. Use lots of moisturiser - at least twice a day, more if possible. Use it all over the body, including the face.

2 woman talking with a baby

Expressing milk means squeezing milk out of your breast. You would do this if you are separated from your baby for any reason.