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Child Health Checks

One of the best ways to look after your child’s health is to take them for an annual health check. The health check will take around 30 minutes and you can attend the appointment with your child.

The Health Worker, doctor or nurse will check your child’s:

  • Eyes
  • Skin
  • Ears
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Teeth

You can also take this time to discuss any concerns you might have about your child’s health.

Looking after your ears

Good hearing makes life easier. You can hear what's going on around you, what other people are saying and hear what you're saying. But sometimes, kids have trouble hearing.

Often, these problems are found while we are still babies. If parents notice a hearing problem, they can start taking steps early.

One of the best people to see for a hearing problem is an Audiologist (Ear Doctor). An Ear Doctor understands how hearing works and how to help kids who don't hear normally. A kid who's having trouble hearing could have a problem as simple as too much wax in the ears. This can be removed by a doctor and help the kid hear normally again. Sometimes it can be more complicated as the ear has several different parts that we can’t see.

Our Ear Doctor is based in Cooktown and visits surrounding communities to carry out hearing tests - if you would like a hearing test or to have your ears checked please contact Audiologist Kristen Wallin on 07 4037 7321.

Looking after your teeth

Eat healthy foods and brush your teeth twice a day. Your teeth are important in many ways. If you take care of them, they'll help take care of you. Strong, healthy teeth help you chew the right foods to help you grow. They help you speak clearly, sing loudly and make your smile as big as a crocodile's smile.

After you eat, bacteria go crazy over the sugar on your teeth, like ants at a picnic. The bacteria break it down into acids that eat away tooth enamel, causing holes called cavities.

Plaque also causes gingivitis which is gum disease that can make your gums red, swollen, and sore. Your gums are those soft pink tissues in your mouth that hold your teeth in place.

If you don't take care of your teeth, cavities and unhealthy gums will make your mouth very, very sore. Eating meals will be difficult. And you won't feel like smiling so much.

Looking after your skin

Your skin protects you from the sun, keeps infections out of your body and helps you not to get sick.

One simple way to take care of your skin is to keep it clean. Keeping your hands clean is especially important because your hands can spread germs to the skin on other parts of your body.

Also use sunscreen and if you get a cut or sore, find some help to have it looked after.

What is immunisation?

Immunisation is a simple and effective way of protecting children from serious diseases. It not only helps protect individuals, it also protects the broader community by minimising the spread of disease.

Vaccines work by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes into contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively, preventing the disease from developing or greatly reducing its severity.

What childhood diseases does immunisation protect against?

Immunisation protects against many serious childhood diseases including:

  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Measles
  • German measles
  • Meningococcal C
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Chickenpox
  • Tetanus
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Rotavirus
  • Hepatitis

These diseases can cause your little one to end up in hospital, have serious ongoing health conditions (including brain damage and deafness) and are sometimes fatal.

What vaccinations should my child have and when?

The National Immunisation Program Schedule recommends certain vaccinations at certain times. These vaccines are available free of charge for all Australian children. Childhood immunisations are recommended at birth, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 4 years.

Check with your GP or Health Worker to find out more.

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