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Science and nature toys encourage your child to explore their world. More than just chemistry sets, science and nature toys are about exploration, problem solving, responsibility and wonderment.…

Playing outdoors is a part of what makes kiwi kids special, and there are some great outdoor toys available. This guide to outdoor toys will help you find…

Oral health affects not only general health – it has an influence on social and psychological factors, influencing self-esteem, the way people look, speak and socialise. Disorders of…

This article covers the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, the treatment and the complications that can occur in children with pneumonia.

This article on influenza – or flu as it is commonly known – explains the common symptoms of flu and how to care for your afflicted child.

This article covers the signs and symptoms of croup, the treatment and the complications that can occur in children with croup.   

This article covers the signs and symptoms of bronchiolitis, the treatment and the complications that can occur in babies with bronchiolitis.

Building immunity is vital as we are all more susceptible to colds and flu in the winter – building your immunity can help you to stay well.

Kiwi Families has provided helpful articles on rotavirus and explains the signs and symptoms, Treatments, Risks & Complications in children, when hospital treatment is necessary for rotavirus and…

Giardia is a common NZ parasite. Kiwi Families has provided helpful articles on giardia and explains the signs and symptoms, treatment, risks & complications of the giardia stomach…

We provide information on gastroenteritis and explains the signs and symptoms, Treatments, Risks and Complications of this bug and the special considerations for children with gastroenteritis.

Read on to find out all about campylobacter, we explain the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of the stomach bug and how to prevent the spread of campylobacter.

We provide information about Scarlet Fever – the causes, signs and symptoms, treatment, risks and complications and advice on how to help your child at home with scarlet fever.

Find information on the causes of Scabies infection, what to look for and how scabies is treated. We provide advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and…

We provide information and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of rubella or German measles – most importantly the potential complication for pregnant women.

We provide all the advice you need on the signs, symptoms, treatments and risks of roseola, or sixth disease. We also offer some simple tips on how you can treat and manage your child with…

We provide information and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of molluscum contagiosum here – and how to help your child at home with…

Measles is a highly infectious childhood disease characterised by a rash and fever. We provide helpful articles and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications…

Chicken pox is a highly infectious disease characterised by a fever and rash. We provide information and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of chicken…

Meningitis is inflammation of the layers covering the brain and spinal cord. It is an illness that can be caused by a virus, fungus, parasite, bacterium, medical condition…

This article explains fever, the signs and symptoms in children and some great tips on how to manage fever at home.

The National Immunisation Schedule is a series of free immunisation visits designed to provide your family with the best protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.  It is important to get…

This articles provides parents with a basic outline on where to get immunised and includes information on what to expect when your child is immunised.

This article explains what whooping cough is and how it could affect your child. There’s some great advice on the signs and symptoms, treatments, and how to help…

Strep throat is a common condition – read about the signs and symptoms and how the doctor will treat a strep throat.

This parent friendly article covers the signs and symptoms of sore throats, the treatment and complications that can occur in children with sore throats.

This Mumps article give parents concise information on the signs and symptoms of mumps and how to care for a child with mumps at home.

This article explains the types of ear infections in toddlers and young children, the signs and symptoms to look out for and the treatment for ear infections.

This Kiwi Families article provides an allergies overview and also provides a practical overview on coping with allergies in children. 

Snacks require just as much thought and balance as the other three main meals of the day. Here are some great words of wisdom on healthy snacks for…

Children need iron in their diet. Read about iron for children — child requirements, types of iron, causes & symptoms of iron deficiency, iron absorption, anemia, how to…

This article contains advice and nutritional tips for you to help your sick child back to a full recovery through food and drink.

Ensuring your child is drinking adequate fluids is very important. So is choosing the right type of fluid! Here is some great information for NZ families on drinking…

Healthy lunches are vital to a child’s well being and growth. For tips on healthy lunches, read on.

A guide to creating a birthday party with a pirate theme. Use these ideas for pirate themed party invitations, decorations, food, games, costumes and prizes.

It is easy to create a birthday party with a fairy tale theme. Ideas for fairy tale themed party invitations, decorations, food, games, costumes and prizes.

Create a special dinosaur theme birthday party for your child. Ideas for dinosaur themed party invitations, decorations, food, games, costumes and prizes.

There are heaps of birthday party games you can play with a packet of balloons – both traditional party games, and balloon games with a little twist. The…

No preschool birthday party is complete without party games, but finding suitable games for preschoolers and toddlers can be a little tricky. They are still developing the skills required to take turns without…

If you are catering on a budget for a birthday party with lots of people, these party food ideas and recipes are just what you will need to keep the big group happy. They are all quick, easy,…

Children’s birthday parties are a great excuse for children to have access (albeit limited!) to a variety of special treats that may not normally figure in their day-to-day…

Party clothes are a tradition as old as parties themselves. Whether it is a costume or just a special outfit, clothes are part of what makes a party…

Party accessories can change your child’s birthday party from a good party to a great one. Party accessories cover a wide range of items; ideas range  from invitations to plates (often in…

Having an entertainer at your child’s birthday party can make a special day even more memorable. The entertainer can be the main attraction and be present throughout most…

A birthday cake is one piece of the party you cannot do without, and blowing out the candles on your birthday cake is an annual rite of passage. This tradition not only celebrates the…

Buying school bags is about more than just the way they look.  We cover some of the more serious aspects of buying a school bag in our School…

Swimming is both a recreational activity and a competitive sport, and in a country surrounded by water, swimming is a skill that every child should learn. We overview…

Soccer is commonly known as football around the world, but whatever the name, soccer is one of the biggest participation sports for New Zealand kids.

Rugby is one of the most popular sports for children in New Zealand. Whether you are watching or playing, rugby is a part of being kiwi. We overview…

Learn to play Trumpet. The trumpet is a great beginners instrument if your child is looking to play brass. The trumpet is small, inexpensive, and relatively easy to…

Learn to play the Drums? When it comes to choosing an instrument, drums have an almost rock star status for children, but drums have a sensible side as…

Learning music of any sort is a way for your child to develop skills intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Music truly is a gift that lasts a lifetime, because…

Children who learn to speak Chinese will enjoy a rich cultural experience as well as economic advantages. Chinese is a rising language in the global economy.