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Keeping children healthy is an important part of parenting. Explore childhood vaccinations, common childhood illnesses and other things you need to know to keep your child in top form.


While some childhood vaccinations are given during the first year of a child's life, others still are important to administer just before a child enters school.

Read the myths and get the facts about childhood immunisations and vaccinations.

Learn more about the possible side effects to look out for after child jabs.

Learn about jabs given to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), tetanus, diphtheria and polio.

Read about protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

What parents should know about the HPV, or cervical cancer, vaccine.

Newborns are offered a new vaccination to protect them against rotavirus - a highly contagious, common cause of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea in babies and children.

Illnesses vaccines can help prevent

Find out more about the measles and why vaccinations are so important.

Learn about mumps and why it is important to vaccinate.

Read about the causes, symptoms and vaccinations for rubella - also known as German measles.

Read more about the causes, symptoms and prevention of tetanus.

Read about the causes, symptoms and childhood vaccines for whooping cough.

Chickenpox (varicella) is usually a mild viral infection in children, but can have serious complications. Read more about chickenpox.

The incubation period is seven to 21 days after exposure to the virus to the development of symptoms.

Other common illnesses in children

Read about the causes, symptoms and treatment for this common cough.

Read about the causes, symptoms and treatment for scarlet fever.

Read more about this contagious viral infection common among school-aged children.

Find out more about the highly contagious hand, foot and mouth disease caused by the coxsackie A virus.

Read more about head lice, scabies and threadworm.

A common arm strain in young children is called "Nursemaid’s elbow", find out why and how you can prevent it.

Find out more about this common cause of knee pain during adolescence. 

Read more about the common causes urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children, and how to prevent them.


Learn about the different kinds of meningitis, and why it is important to vaccinate

Find out the answers to the most common questions parents have about meningitis.

Find out the most common symptoms of meningitis.

Find out what parents should know about the meningitis vaccines and teenagers.

Night-time troubles

Read more about common problems that children have with sleeping.

Could it be sleep apnoea? Find out more about sleep disorders that children sometimes experience.

Bedwetting in children, also known as nocturnal enuresis, can be a cause of concern for parents.

Read more about encoprensis - soiling the underwear.

Is your child’s active imagination working overtime? Learn how you can help when nightmares occur, and even prevent them.

Very different from nightmares, night terrors are frightening episodes for the entire family. Learn what’s behind them.

Childhood obesity

There are many things that a parent can do to prevent obesity in a child. Here are 10 tips.

Find out about children’s cholesterol and their risk of heart disease.

Learn more about hypertension in children.

Children may not have any obvious symptoms before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

If you're a teenager who's overweight, you're certainly not alone. Learn more.

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