A person's legs with gumboots shown walking through flooding

Following a traumatic event like a natural disaster, it is normal for children, teenagers and adults to have strong feelings, reactions, and changes in behaviour. Children learn from their parents’ responses, as well as what they see and hear in the media.

Little child, boy, hugging his mother and a teddy bear

Children think deeply about things, but might not always have the words or skills to describe how they are feeling following a traumatic event (including natural disasters like flooding and earthquakes). Find out how you can help them and discover some resources about how to talk to kids about trauma. Updated with resources to support tamariki after flooding. 

Child on a swing

All young children have a limited attention span and sometimes do things without thinking. If these are severe enough to interfere with their learning and social relationships, in more than one setting, they can be a sign of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

A woman holding a bottle or paracetamol

Too much paracetamol can harm your child. Always measure doses exactly and check the strength - there are different strengths. Find out about some temporary changes in the paracetamol brand available.

Blisters on the hand in a child with hand, foot and mouth disease

If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease, keep them at home if they are unwell or have blisters. Make sure your child doesn't go to childcare or school until all the blisters have dried.

Boy lying down with thermometer in mouth

If your child has COVID-19, it can be a worrying time for you. But most children with COVID-19 will have a mild illness. Find out about how to care for your child at home and when to see a doctor.