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.


Constipation means painful hard bowel actions. This is common and the right advice will avoid long term problems. Understanding constipation is essential to ensure an appropriate treatment plan is developed to help fix this. There is lots of inappropriate advice and suggestions surrounding childhood constipation which can delay proper management
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Wheeze in 1-5 year olds

Many toddlers and young children will experience ‘wheezy’ episodes associated with a cough and runny nose. This article helps parents manage wheezy toddlers.
Wheeze in young children
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This article discusses asthma, background, different types and the current available medications.


  How Do You Catch It? The virus is spread when infected mucous is sneezed or coughed into another child's face or onto table tops or objects such as toys. Infection occurs when the child touches these surfaces and then his/her…


Gastroenteritis refers to vomiting and diarrhoea. The cause is usually viral and it represents one of the most common reasons for seeing a doctor. The treatment involves oral rehydration therapy to avoid dehydration.
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Cough is an essential way in which the lungs expel unwanted material. It is a protection for the more fragile areas of the lungs. Unfortunately cough can be distressing particularly during the night. There is little role for cough medicines in children though they are marketed very well. The most common cause of cough is a simple viral bronchitis after an upper respiratory tract infection.

Pneumonia (Chest Infection)

Pneumonia implies an infection that has infiltrated the tissues of the lungs. In children the most common cause is viral, but often it is difficult to determine whether bacterial or viral. In more serious cases the child will need hospitalisation for oxygen and intravenous medication. The vaccine prevenar has dramatically reduced the incidence of pneumococcal pneumonia, which was the most common cause of life threatening pneumonia in children. Hib vaccine is also effective against a bacteria called haemophilus.


Croup is a barking cough caused by a virus that infects the larynx. Sometimes the larynx is so inflamed a noise called a stridor occurs, which can be quite distressing and if severe will require treatment in hospital.

Colds & Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Colds, also known as upper respiratory tract infections affect everyone, particularly during the winter months. Some children suffer middle ear infections, wheezy respiratory illnesses and other complications. This article aims to educate parents on managing these frequent viral illnesses.

Recurrent Abdominal Pain In Children

Constipation The definition is pain and discomfort when passing a bowel action. Young children for a variety of reasons can have a period of constipation, and they will suffer intermittent abdominal pains. This often occurs at the…