Babies & Toddlers

Welcome to parenthood — it's quite a ride! Have questions about baby sleep habits, baby care and feeding, health, development, and safety? We can help you.

Meningococcal B Vaccine

Find out more about a fully funded programme to help protect children against meningococcal B.

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Flu Vaccination

We’re all susceptible to flu and know how important that flu shot is, to keep us doing things we need or love to do.

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Whooping Cough Vaccination

Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a highly contagious bacterial disease which can be very serious...

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The Importance of Gut Health in Children

Gut health is a cornerstone of overall well-being and the foundation of good health for our little ones. A child's gut health.....

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A Healthy Mind Takes Guts!

Gut health for kids. As parents, we often focus on nurturing our children's physical health through balanced nutrition and regular exercise.

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Treating Nappy Rash

Nappy rash (irritant dermatitis) can make babies and toddlers quite miserable, unsettled and irritated. Find out how you can prevent it.

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Meditation and Motherhood

Becoming a parent isn't a walk in the park, so it's important to have ways of coping. Read Claire Robbie's journey into motherhood.

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Sustainable Baby Checklist

I remember walking into a baby store when I was pregnant with my first child. I had no idea why I was there...

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The Great Food Adventure: Starting Your Baby on Solids

Introducing your little one to the world of solids is an exciting milestone for both you and your baby.

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Parenting Naturally for Newborns to Toddlers

Once blessed with the responsibility of nurturing a precious new life, it is natural that many new parents start exploring the benefits of..

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Welcoming a New Baby into a Busy Household: Tips for Preparing Older Siblings

Preparing to welcome your second baby is a very exciting time. You may feel a little more confident knowing what to expect from a newborn.

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Treat Pain and Fever

Pain and fever are two of the most common symptoms experienced by individuals of all ages. Usually are a signal that something may be wrong.

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Eye Inflammation and Infections

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the protective membrane (conjunctiva) lining the inside of your eyelids and the whites of your eyes.

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Prevention and Treatment of Minor Skin Infections

There are a wide variety of germs that can cause skin infections. The most common conditions are caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

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Eczema

The term Dermatitis is used to describe a number of skin irritations and rashes characterised by inflammation of the skin. 

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Healthy Halloween

Want to celebrate Halloween this year, but trying to keep it a bit healthier? Check out our top picks for fun Halloween treats...

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Immunisation Schedule for children

Compared to other countries, New Zealand has a low childhood immunisation rate.

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Help protect against meningococcal disease

Even if your child has been immunised, they may be missing protection against meningococcal disease.1 Meningococcal is a rare but potentially deadly..

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Preventing and treating burns in the home

We need to think about protecting young and old from being burns all year round.

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Folliculitis

Thanks to my dear little four-year-old niece, who pretty much lived in her plastic outdoor swimming pool in Auckland over this hot summer, I know al..

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History of Pandemics and Vaccines

The world has been plagued by pandemics as far back as written history and beyond. Countries have responded over the centuries by closing their bord..

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Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria. Three out of every twenty people in New Zealand carry the bacteria in their nasal passages, they don’..

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Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is a common childhood disease caused by the varicella virus. It causes small itchy blisters to form on the skin and also makes people fe..

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Practical nutrition tips for parents

Finding creative ways to encourage your children to eat and enjoy fruit and vegetables can be fun for the entire family.

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Headlice (aka cooties, riha, utu, kutu bugs, nits or pediculosis…)

Hopefully the holidays put a stop to the headlice cycle at your child’s school. If you are one of the unlucky ones, the frustrating, time-consumin..

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV is not a new virus, but in fact a very common, very contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract. It can ..

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Bedwetting

Bedwetting can be upsetting for parents and children and yet it is a normal part of your child’s development as they learn to control their bladde..

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Ear infections

Middle ear infections (also known as otitis media) occur when there is inflammation or infection of the air-filled space behind the eardrum. The inf..

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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis that infects the lungs and airways. Whooping cough is very contagious and is pass..

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral illness most common in children under the age of 10. It seems to be seasonal and often occurs in the ..

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School sores

Also known as impetigo, school sores are a common bacterial infection mainly affecting school-age children and more common in warmer months of the y..

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Croup

There will be many parents familiar with the seal-like bark of croup and its alarming tendency to hit children in the early hours of the morning. Wh..

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Chilblains

Chilblains (also known as pernio or perniosis) are itchy, sore, red or purple bumps that occur on the skin as a reaction to cold. Painful inflammati..

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Toddler Smoothie – Carob & Banana

This healthy smoothie is a creamy sweet treat for toddlers and parents alike!

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Toddler Nutrition

Toddlerhood is a time of rapid development that requires the right energy and nutrition. It is a crucial time in a young life...

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Bacterial conjunctivitis

Bacterial conjunctivitis occurs when bacteria infect the transparent protective membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of your eye..

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Children’s Day

Children’s day is held on the first Sunday in March every year, and what a perfect opportunity to spend some time celebrating children...

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Anxiety

The medical definition of anxiety is “a feeling of apprehension and fear, characterised by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and f..

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Allergic conjunctivitis / Allergy eyes

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the covering of your eye and inside your eye lids. This can be caused by an infection or by an allergy.

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Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in children, and are usually treatable at home without any medical intervention. They occur ..

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Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Breastfeeding Awareness Week runs from the 1st to the 7th of August every year. It is part of an annual global event that celebrates breast-feeding ..

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Nutrition Tips for Managing Winter Coughs

The dreaded winter cough. It’s a pain in the, ahem, chest. Count yourselves lucky if you and your family have escaped one of the many viruses doin..

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Keeping Colds and Flu at Bay

Hello, Winter! Hello, Cold! Hello, Snotty Nose! Hello, Sore Throat! We’ve all now (somewhat reluctantly) welcomed in winter...a season where some ..

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Coughs

A cough occurs when the throat or airway has been irritated, usually by mucus or foreign particles such as dust or smoke. It is the body’s way of ..

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Cold & Flu

Many people say “I’ve got the flu” when really they have a cold. While a bad cold can make you feel pretty miserable for a few days, you will ..

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Here Comes Sore Throat Season

Sore throatMost sore throats will not be helped by antibiotics whether they are an infection or not. Most sore throats are caused by a virus. A viru..

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Tips to Holistically Speed Up the Healing Time for Cuts

Cuts and wounds are a part of life, especially during childhood when falling from trees or tripping on concrete are a rite of passage.

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Wound care

We all have bacteria growing all over our skin. The skin is the first line of protection to keep the bacteria out of our bodies. When you get a cut ..

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Measles

With the latest measles outbreak people are asking their local pharmacists questions about measles: How do I catch it? What are the symptoms ..

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Scratches, bites and stings

Ahhh summer, here at last. Long sunny days, bare feet, beach swims and staying up late to roast marshmallows after dark. All things that make wonderfu..

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Meningitis

There was a recent death from meningitis reported in the newspapers. Although meningitis is more common in winter it is good for everyone to be aware ..

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Fungal infections

As the weather continues to become warmer we see more people coming into the pharmacy to ask for help with their fungal infections. Fungi are like mus..

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Go Gold for Kids Fighting Cancer

While child cancer is rare it has a profound effect on the entire whanau. Around 150 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in New Zealand. So e..

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Herbs and Supplements for Breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week is a global event between 1 - 7th August that aims to celebrate, protect, and promote the act of breastfeeding. Breast milk i..

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Colds and flu – What's the Difference

Cold A cold is a viral infection that affects your nose, sinuses, throat and upper chest. It usually goes away by itself in 7 to 10 days. The symptom..

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Concussion

Winter sport season is a time to consider concussion.

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Keeping Kids Well This Term

Waking up to sick kids can throw even the most efficient of routines right out the window and send one’s week into a total spin!

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Raising Children – parenting help is at hand

Looking for some expert approved, family friendly parenting advice? Well, let me help you there!

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5 Tricks to Sneak Vegetables into Kids Diets

Research shows that it can take as many as 10 to 15 tastes before a child learns to appreciate a new flavour or food.

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Breastfeeding

I was recently reading an article about two mums who had both breastfed their babies, and had quite different experiences. Nothing new there – women..

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Poisoning Prevention

Poisoning – it’s a major cause of hospitalisation for young children in New Zealand.

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Nits

Yeah, an altogether stunning start to an article, a title like that. I could just as easily change it to kutis (or cooties) or head lice, but…let’..

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Threadworms

Let’s talk threadworms. Something most children are likely to get at some time during their life – especially between the ages of 5-14yrs.

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Beasties that bite

Every time I set off for an outdoor adventure, I think about how lucky we are in New Zealand that we don’t have real nasties.

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Toxoplasmosis

Our dog has had toxoplasmosis. Altogether a bit scary. I last heard the word ‘toxoplasmosis’ some 21 years ago, when pregnant with my first baby, ..

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Understanding the Basics of Breastfeeding Nutrition

Producing milk to sustain life is a miraculous thing indeed. It can also be incredibly draining if you’re not looking after yourself properly and ea..

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Gastroenteritis

Previous health crises in places like the Havelock North gastro outbreak, have shown how easy it is for some infections to spread. Thankfully an outbr..

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Breastfeeding awareness

World breastfeeding awareness week runs in the first week of August. One of the themes has been about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us..

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Paracetamol for children

Giving advice is a huge part of what I do as a pharmacist. One of the conversations I always try to make time for is to give advice...

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Colic and Reflux

Colic is when a baby cries for several hours a day and there is no obvious cause.

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Wound Care – Cuts and Grazes

Skin is made up of different layers and substances which make it supple and tough and allow it to stretch. But sometimes skin is broken...

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Worms

Threadworms look like small pieces of white cotton, about 1 cm long. The most common sign of threadworm infection is an itchy bottom.

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Viral illnesses in Children

Chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, slap cheek, meningitis...

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Scabies and bed bugs

Just visible to the naked eyes, the pregnant female itch mite Sarcoptes Scabiei burrows a tunnel into the skin of her human host before...

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Poisoning Prevention

Children aged 0-4 years are most at risk of a poisoning. The most common poisoning agents are medicines.

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Pneumonia

Prior to the invention of antibiotics pneumonia killed one third of its victims, and even today, around 5% of pneumonia patients will die...

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Headlice

If you find headlice on a child, a suggested treatment plan involves using a combination of insecticide treatment as well as regular combing

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Eyes

Light enters your eye, passes through the transparent cornea onto the crystalline lens, where it's focussed onto the light-sensitive cells..

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Seizures, Epilepsy and Febrile Convulsions

Seizures are divided into two main categories, generalised seizures in which abnormal electrical impulses affect the whole brain and local..

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Ear Problems

Otitis media is by far the most common ear problem. It is the result of an infection or inflammation in the middle ear...

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Baby Sleep

Most new parents assume that sleep deprivation is all part of the job, unless they hit the jackpot and land themselves a ‘good sleeper'.

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Baby Skin Health

When skin problems are unsettling your baby you can usually see what you’re dealing with and can closely monitor the progress.

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