Common Childhood Illnesses  

Although the constant development of new vaccines has reduced risks of childhood diseases, there are still several that remain. Some are common childhood illnesses which happen often like strep throat or colds, but some are hit and miss, appearing rarely such as hand-foot-mouth disease. It is important to know the signs and symptoms so proper medical treatment can be received. 

Should I keep my Child away from School or Day Care? 

If your child has an infectious condition, you may need to keep them at home from day care or school to stop it from spreading.  Sometimes people who have been in contact with an infected child may also need to be excluded from school or work, such as friends, siblings or other family members. Your doctor can advise you about this. 

For information on arrangements for schools in response to COVID-19, visit: 

www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-childcare-school-exclusions-faqs