Kids' & Teens' Health topics
Common childhood concerns (A-G)
Addison's disease and children Can Addison`s disease affect a child`s growth and development? Amblyopia (lazy eye) Amblyopia (sometimes also known as lazy eye ) affects about 3 per cent of children. Read about the causes and treatment for amblyopia. Antibiotics and children Antibiotics have saved the lives of many children with serious illnesses but they are not always the answer.
Appendicitis Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. Appendicitis usually starts with the main symptom of pain around the navel that moves to the lower right abdomen. Asthma in children under 5 Asthma is relatively common in children under 5. With correct management asthma symptoms can be well controlled, allowing your child to live a full and active life. Asthma management for schoolchildren Educators in Australia are now becoming more aware of the needs of children with asthma and steps are being taken to create asthma-friendly schools. Bed-wetting Wetting the bed: find out about the causes, effects on children and available treatments for bed-wetting. Bowed legs Bowed legs - where the legs bend outwards at the knees - is common in childhood. Bowed legs usually disappear by the age of 3. Breath-holding attacks in kids: iron may help Iron supplements could be the unlikely solution to helping children overcome the common and dangerous problem of breath-holding attacks. Cardiomyopathy in children Find out all about cardiomyopathy in children, including the causes, symptoms and diagnosis, as well as treatment of cardiomyopathy. Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week aims to recognise the achievements of people with cerebral palsy and to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance. Cerebral palsy Q and A Cerebral palsy (CP) is the name given to a group of disorders that affect body posture and movement, caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls muscle tone. Childhood infections: minimising the spread There are ways to minimise infections in young children, including immunisation and hand washing. Childhood obesity With childhood obesity increasing, find out about its health risks and how you can help your child maintain a healthy weight. Childhood obesity: video games an ally in child obesity fight Children who regularly play active video games may burn off comparable amounts of energy at the same rate as moderate-intensity treadmill walking. Children's foot health Tips for taking care of your child`s feet. Information about babies' and toddlers' feet, walking, normal development and problems, choosing shoes and more. Circumcision: US experts review current advice US paediatricians are reviewing whether to change their position on circumcision for newborn boys as the evidence of benefits linked to the procedure grows. Colic in infants Colic is a pattern of unexplained, persistent crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Constipation in children Unlike adult constipation, childhood constipation is more often the result of a behavioural rather than a nutritional disorder. Constipation leads to bedwetting in children Constipation, as defined by a distended rectum, is actually the cause for many children with night-time bedwetting, and laxatives can cure the problem, study finds. Cough Although coughs may be a sign of a serious condition, this is usually not the case. Croup Croup is a viral infection affecting the larynx (voice box) and trachea (upper part of the windpipe). Croup: symptoms and treatments Croup, an inflammation of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea), is usually caused by an acute viral infection. Dementia: helping children cope The most important way to help children or grandchildren cope with a loved one having dementia is to talk openly and be willing to listen. Dementia: information for young people When someone you love has dementia, it can affect many family members. These tips will help young people understand dementia. Dental health tips for pre-schoolers You should brush your children`s teeth and encourage them to learn how to brush correctly, using a small pea-sized quantity of low-strength fluoride toothpaste. Dental health tips for primary schoolers Supervise toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste, especially after meals, and teach your children to use dental floss as they get older. Diabetes in teenagers Adolescents need your support to manage their diabetes: read these five tips to help you advise your teen. Diabetes: tips for school-age children Help your child manage diabetes with these seven useful tips. Diarrhoea Diarrhoea is when your bowel movements become more watery or more frequent than usual, or both. Dyslexia in children Dyslexia is a language problem that affects many people. Find out about the symptoms, causes and how to help. Earwax Wax in the ears is quite harmless and a normal part of the body's self-protection mechanism. Eczema Awareness Week Eczema Awareness Week is held each spring to highlight this common skin disease and its treatment. Eczema: fish reduces child eczema risk Eating oily fish in the first year of life may play a role in reducing the risk of childhood eczema, a study suggests. Eczema: Q and A Eczema or atopic dermatitis is an itchy inflammation of the skin, often found in association with dry skin. Faecal incontinence in children (encopresis) Children with encopresis are not soiling their underwear deliberately, and they should receive medical help. Febrile fits Febrile fits (also called febrile seizures or convulsions) are fairly common in children, especially toddlers. Find out the symptoms and what to do. Feeding problems with small children Only rarely is a medical problem the cause of feeding problems in children. Fever A fever is when the body temperature rises above normal. Find out about taking a temperature, how to treat a fever, and when to see your doctor. Slideshow: Head lice - what to do Head lice typically affect children. Click through our slideshow to find out about detecting, treating and preventing the spread of head lice.