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Conditions and symptoms

HSE article for Conditions and symptoms

Reflux in babies

Reflux is where some of the contents in your baby's tummy leak back up into their mouth. This is different from vomiting. Reflux is common and can affect up to 40% of babies. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of reflux.

Colic in babies

Colic is the name for excessive crying in a baby who appears to be healthy. Colic in babies can be very distressing. Find tips on how to help a baby with colic.

Nappy rash

How to change your baby’s nappy, what to expect, and how to deal with nappy rash.

  • Hand, foot and mouth disease

    Hand, foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious illness that is common in children under the age of 10. Learn about the signs and symptoms to look out for

  • Croup (babies and children)

    Croup is a common virus in young children. It affects their airways and can cause a cough, raspy breath and fever.

  • Eczema (babies and children)

    Eczema causes the skin to become red, itchy, dry and cracked. The most common type of eczema is 'atopic eczema', which mainly affects babies and children.

  • Sticky eyes and conjunctivitis (babies and toddlers)

    It's common for babies to have yellow discharge from the eyes. You can clean your baby's eyes to help unblock their tear ducts. Sometimes discharge is a sign of conjunctivitis and you'll need to see your GP.

  • Asthma (babies and children)

    Asthma can affect your child's breathing. Learn the symptoms and how to treat it, and what do if they have an asthma attack.

  • Vomiting (babies and children)

    Vomiting in babies and children is usually caused by a virus or infection, and you can take care of them at home. Sometimes vomiting is caused by something more serious.

  • Febrile convulsion

    How to tell if your child is having a seizure (fit), what to do, and when to get urgent medical help.

  • Constipation in children

  • Tooth decay in children

    How to prevent your child getting tooth decay, good routines to get into and the food and drinks to avoid.

  • Dealing with constipation

  • Meningitis and septicaemia

    Meningitis is a very serious illness for your baby. There are two main types of meningitis: bacterial and viral. Bacterial meningitis can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning). Learn about meningitis and septicaemia symptoms.

  • Measles (babies and children)