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 fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Having them does not necessarily mean that your child or you have coronavirus. 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.  

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. Dimethicone lotion is a very effective treatment that your family doctor can prescribe - check out our step by step guide.

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.