Your Child's Health


Most children inevitably get sick at some point. As a parent, it helps to be prepared when your child is down with a common health illness. This chapter serves as a handy guide to understanding some common health concerns.

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1. Common health concerns


Fever – While it can be worrying when your child has a fever, it is part of the body’s normal response to fighting infections. Learn more about the steps you can take to help manage your child’s fever.

Coughs and colds – Colds are most common during the winter months and affects children of all ages. It’s worth bearing in mind that colds, and most coughs, are caused by viruses (not bacteria) and hence antibiotics won’t help. Read on for practical tips on taking care of your child’s symptoms.

Earache – Earache and ear infections are common in babies and small children. They often follow a cold. Learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms, and get tips on caring for your child’s ears.

2. Teething

Teething usually begins around six months of age. But it is normal for teething to start at any time between three months and 12 months. Learn how to recognise the signs of teething – and how you can help ease your child’s distress.

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3. Immunisation

Immunisation is the only effective way to protect your child against harmful diseases. Vaccines encourage the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against the disease. However, be mindful that there are possible side effects of immunisation, such as a fever.

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