Children's Health

All children get sick from time to time. When your child isn't feeling well, you want to know how to recognise the symptoms, what can you do to help, and when to call a doctor.

Common Cold

With children getting as many as eight colds per year or more, this contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract is the most common infectious disease and the number one reason children to visit the doctor and stay home from school.

The first symptoms of a cold are often a tickle in the throat, a runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing. Children with colds may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, mild fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and loss of appetite.

When to call a doctor

At any time your child's symptoms are getting worse instead of better.

Cold type symptoms not improving after 3-5 days.

If your child's symptoms appear at the same time every year, or occur when your child is exposed to pollen, dust, animals, or another substance, your child may have an allergy.
If your child has trouble breathing or wheezes when he or she catches a cold they may have asthma.

Also call the doctor if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • coughing up a lot of mucus
  • shortness of breath
  • unusual lethargy/tiredness
  • inability to keep food or liquids down or poor fluid intake for more than 12-24 hours (sooner if child is less than 12months of age)
  • increasing headache, facial or throat pain
  • severely painful sore throat that interferes with swallowing
  • high fever (>38.5° C) or higher that lasts for more than a few days
  • earache

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Shingles vaccine – Free to all over 70 - 79.

Flu vaccine – Free to pregnant women and those over the age of 65.
$16 - Flu needle available at the clinic.

Whooping Cough vaccine – Free to pregnant women.
$45 - Available to all others who require it.