Teen health

Being healthy from birth through the teen years

Kidshealth has heaps of articles and resources on all sorts of children’s health topics, including (but not limited... read more about Being healthy from birth through the teen years»

Community Services Card = cheaper GP fees

Many general practices charge lower fees if you have a Community Services Card (CSC). If you have a CSC, the most you... read more about Community Services Card = cheaper GP fees»

Do I need braces? And other questions for teenage teeth

If you have crooked teeth, your dentist might recommend orthodontic treatment which can improve how your teeth look and... read more about Do I need braces? And other questions for teenage teeth»

Eight of the most common ways kids get injured

Childhood injuries are common. Thankfully most of these are minor. But every year in New Zealand children are badly... read more about Eight of the most common ways kids get injured»

Everyday activities can be hard. Here’s how to keep going

Having a health condition or injury might seem limiting, but it doesn't mean you have to stop doing all the things you... read more about Everyday activities can be hard. Here’s how to keep going»

Free hearing checks

The Ministry of Health funds free hearing checks for children. If your child has a hearing loss, finding it early is... read more about Free hearing checks»

Get a great night’s sleep, here’s how…

We’ve got some tips to help you get a good, refreshing night’s sleep as often as you can. Good sleep habits will... read more about Get a great night’s sleep, here’s how…»

Get free dentist visits while you can

Dental care is free up until you turn 18, so get it while you still can! The Community Dental Service provides free... read more about Get free dentist visits while you can»

Good-looking smiles are easy

This Healthy Smiles video will show you some easy ways to keep your teeth healthy and looking good. Good oral health is... read more about Good-looking smiles are easy»

Help for children whose parents have a mental illness or addiction

There are people and organisations that can help you. If you, or a child you know, needs help to cope with a family... read more about Help for children whose parents have a mental illness or addiction»

How to get free dentist visits

All kids in New Zealand get free dental care up until their 18th birthday. Adults can also be eligible for funded... read more about How to get free dentist visits»

How to talk to your kids about puberty

It's important to talk to your children about puberty. Try to start talking to them before signs of puberty develop so... read more about How to talk to your kids about puberty»

Immunisations: Get them now, get them free

Immunisation is the best way to protect yourself and others from infectious diseases. The Ministry of Health funds a... read more about Immunisations: Get them now, get them free»

Is immunisation safe for children?

The evidence is clear: Immunisation is safe. It protects your child from some serious diseases and helps to stop those... read more about Is immunisation safe for children?»

Is your life getting in the way of sleeping?

As a teenager you need more sleep than ever, but you also have to deal with increasing school work, sport, and your own... read more about Is your life getting in the way of sleeping?»

It’s OK to ask for help, so who do you ask?

If it’s an emergency, dial 111 now. There are lots of reasons young people need help or someone to talk to, such as... read more about It’s OK to ask for help, so who do you ask?»

Maintain that killer smile

It’s easy to keep your smile looking good. The Ministry of Health has put together some facts and simple tips on how... read more about Maintain that killer smile»

Reduce your cancer risk

There are some simple things you can do to reduce your chances of getting the Big C. It’s up to you how many of these... read more about Reduce your cancer risk»

Stress is very common. Here’s how to limit it

Throughout life good and bad things happen. It is normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed when changes are happening in... read more about Stress is very common. Here’s how to limit it»

Wait, kids need MORE exercise than adults?

Yes. Physical activity is an essential part of life for all children and young people. Children usually want to play... read more about Wait, kids need MORE exercise than adults?»

Warm up plans for rugby players

ACC RugbySmart’s “Warm up, strength & conditioning” programmes are designed to reduce injuries among male and... read more about Warm up plans for rugby players»

What to do when your child is being bullied

Bullying happens in all age groups, but it is not a normal part of growing up. You should feel safe at school, at home,... read more about What to do when your child is being bullied»

Zero doctor fees for under-14s

All children under 14 years old can get free doctors’ visits and cheaper or free prescriptions. To take advantage of... read more about Zero doctor fees for under-14s»

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Page last updated: 4 December 2018

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