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Care for children

Care for children

In an emergency or life threatening situation, you should always call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

Emergency care for children is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at seven metropolitan hospitals.

Some conditions that are not life-threatening for an adult can be more serious for babies and young children. If it is an emergency.

This section includes:
  • Young babies and children
  • Preventing illness
  • Check your symptoms

This information is a guide only and is not intended to be individual medical advice and should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified doctor or other health care professional.
If your symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, phone or visit a GP or pharmacy. In an emergency, you should always call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.


Young babies and children

Young babies with fever, especially in the first few months of life, need to be assessed by a doctor. Other concerning symptoms include poor feeding, vomiting, lethargy or irritability and skin rash. Difficulty breathing is concerning for all children. You know your child’s behaviour better than anyone else so if you are concerned or they are not behaving normally, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

For minor illness or injury, there are a range of care options to consider, including your local GP or pharmacy. Local health services, including information about after hours services, can be found through the Healthdirect service finder or visit Adelaide PHN Adelaide After Hours service finder.

Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.


Preventing illness

There are a range of things you can do to minimise your risk of getting sick, especially during the winter months.
  • Remember to wash, wipe and cover and maintain good hand hygiene if you or your child are sick. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and encourage your children to do the same.
  • Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious infection that is more serious than the common cold. Children aged six months and older can receive an annual vaccination against seasonal flu. This can reduce your child’s chance of getting the flu and reduce the severity of flu symptoms if they do catch the flu. Speak to your GP or immunisation provider about getting a flu vaccination this winter.
  • Eating nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables can help keep you and your family’s immune system strong. It is also important to keep hydrated in winter, so ensure you drink plenty of water.
Find out about other healthy living tips.

If symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, contact the Parent Help Line on 1300 364 100 or visit a GP. In an emergency, always call triple zero (000) for an ambulance

Check your symptoms

You can check your symptoms and receive some guidance about what health care option is best for your situation using the Healthdirect symptom checker.

Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.

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