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How to tell if your child is sick

Here is some helpful guidance on how to tell if your child is unwell, common symptoms and childhood illnesses and when you should seek further advice.

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Recognising serious illness in children

Trusted advice on serious symptoms and illnesses in babies and children including high fevers, diabetes, meningitis, and when to seek professional advice.

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Serious childhood rashes

A rash on your baby’s skin may indicate a serious condition, especially if they also have a high temperature, cough or swollen neck glands. Learn more here.

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Hand, foot and mouth disease

Find out what is hand, foot and mouth disease and links to trusted information on its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, however pregnant women, newborn babies and people with a weakened immune system can also be at risk.

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Serious childhood illnesses: 0-3 years | Raising Children Network

Symptoms of serious illness in babies and young children include severe drowsiness, breathing difficulty, blue skin, seizures, fever and frequent vomiting.

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Kawasaki disease - MyDr.com.au

Kawasaki disease is a childhood illness that causes inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis) and a high fever. Most children make a full recovery, but some develop heart problems.

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Measles in children and teenagers | Raising Children Network

Measles can be very serious. Symptoms include a runny nose, fever and rash. Immunisation protects your child, but children can still get measles.

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Caring for someone with an illness or disability - Services Australia

You can get financial help and other services if you care for someone with a disability, an illness or who is frail aged.

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