A page from an online book - animated children standing in a line and holding on to a cord

Looking for something to help your child make sense of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Check these resources - from videos for kids about the science behind coronavirus to online stories that can be important conversation starters in your household.

Little child, boy, hugging his mother and a teddy bear

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on New Zealand is unknown territory for all of us. It is perfectly normal and OK to feel anxiety when in a global pandemic. This can result in strong feelings, reactions, and changes in behaviour. There are a number of steps you can take to help your children, family/whānau and yourself.

A mother and her toddler

All children from 6 months of age can benefit from yearly flu immunisation. It is especially important for children with certain long-term health conditions. It's also important for women in pregnancy. 

Boy with a virus blowing his nose into a tissue

Symptoms of the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) are similar to a range of other illnesses such as the flu. They include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. New Zealand is at Alert Level 4. Everyone should stay home. This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of COVID-19. This will save lives.

A baby doll in a bath

There are 3 really important steps when caring for your child with eczema: using lots of moisturiser; bathing once a day and using steroids when your child's skin has active eczema. Watch the video to see these steps in action.  

Young girl holding her tummy and looking like she's in discomfort

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases. In children, they can cause tummy pain, diarrhoea, bleeding from their bottom, or weight loss. If you are worried about these, take your child to your family doctor.