Kids 5 - 18

Helping sick kids

As a more experienced parent or carer, you’re probably familiar with taking kids to hospital. But new issues can emerge in the teenage years. Making a plan NOW can help you cope better with likely medical situations and make the best possible choice for treatment.

Here are some tips on what to plan for:

  • Where are your Medicare cards? Are they up-to-date?
  • Can you speak to your GP about any existing issues?
  • Does your child have an existing medical condition?
  • Make notes on your child’s medical conditions: what are they? What dates did the episodes occur? What times did the episodes occur?
  • Can you take any current medicine packaging to the hospital with you?
  • Research the location of your nearest emergency department.
  • Practice getting to your hospital emergency department.
  • Do you have the phone number of someone to look after your other kids?

Does your child have a My Health Record? My Health Record allows you to track your child’s growth, health and development, and to share their key health information with healthcare providers at any time if you need to, such as in an accident or emergency. If you would like to learn more about My Health Record and its benefits, visit