Infant Care

Car seat

Before you are able to leave the hospital, you must show that your baby is in an approved car seat. 

You are able to hire a car seat from your local Plunket/Well Child/Tamariki Ora provider or purchase a new one. Be careful when buying second hand because you never know if a car seat has been in an accident and is structurally safe.

 

Immunisations

Growing up, our children can get thousands of germs, some of which are harmful to their health. Immunisation is the most helpful way to protect your child from serious sicknesses that can be avoided. Some of these sicknesses are whooping cough, meningitis and measles.

Immunising your child not only protects them, but it also protects others in the community who may have low immunity or are unable to be immunised. Immunisations are not compulsory in New Zealand and as parents you are able to make an informed choice.
The benefits of immunising your child far outweigh the risks.  Click on the image below to watch how immunisations will help protect your child.

 

Red Alert / Danger Signs to be aware of in babies

There are a number of ‘red alert’ danger signs for babies and young children. You must see a doctor quickly if your child has any of the following symptoms which are highlighted in this video below.
If you need help urgently, dial 111 for an ambulance. If you can’t contact your GP, take your child to a hospital or A&E clinic.

 


Click to watch the video

 

Content provided by Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts is currently the Clinical Manager for TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service, based with the Pacific Health team, University of Auckland. Mary Roberts background is a Registered Nurse who specialises in child health. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science and has recently graduated with a Masters of Nursing.  Married to Michael, and mother to 4 children Hereine, Michaela, Joseph and Sasha.