Kids under 5

Sick kids

Sick kids can make parents feel helpless. It takes experience to keep your cool when you have a very sick child.

Thinking about what you might do and preparing NOW can help you cope better with likely medical situations and make recovery easier.

Here are some tips on what to plan for:

  • Where are your Medicare cards? Are they up-to-date?
  • Does your child have an existing medical condition?
  • Do you know where to find your child’s Queensland Health Red Book?
  • 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?
  • Make notes on your child’s medical conditions: what are they? What dates did the episodes occur? What times did the episodes occur?
  • Do you need a translator?

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