When to take your child to hospital

The decision to take your child to hospital is difficult and this post attempts to help the parent who is unsure. Those symptoms such as cough, fever, or vomiting are common but occasionally may herald the onset of a more serious condition.

Molluscum Contagiosum

What are Molluscum Contagiosum ?  They look like small pimples initially before becoming pearl coloured raised bumps. In most instances there are about half a dozen spots, and they usually appear on the nappy area, tummy, face, arms and…

Urticaria and Hives in children

  What is Urticaria ? Urticaria is a sudden skin eruption, which involves redness, localised swelling, and often in a circular, oval or 'map' shape which can be quite patchy. In tends to occur on the trunk, arms and legs, but can…

Viral Rashes

Types of Viral Rashes Seen There are two major groups of viral rashes. So called non specific viral rashes and 'classic rashes'.  The latter group have a variety of names and distinct patterns. Of these the most serious include measles,…


Warts are almost a inevitable, and occur in around 10-15% of children. They are common, harmless but annoying, and eventually disappear. They do not have to be treated unless they are causing problems.
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Eczema, causes, treatment & advice

Eczema is a common condition due to an inherited dryness of the skin surface, coupled with excess sensitivity to irritants and allergens resulting in inflammation. This article helps the parent understand what eczema means.

Impetigo or School Sores

Impetigo, or school sores, is a bacterial skin infection caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus. It is common in toddlers and school aged children during the summer months