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This e-newsletter has information about child/tamariki health issues for Early Childhood Education Services (ECE Services) staff across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.  This newsletter is sent once per term.  If you would like to subscribe, fill in your details here.

13 June 2017

Kids Health Panui

This edition covers children's coughs, pandemic planning and response, nose blowing through the winter months and the preschool public health nursing service.

Children's coughs

Winter has arrived and along with it the sound of coughs.  Coughing is common in children, especially when they are preschool age, and is usually shortlived. However some coughs can be a sign of an infection.

One cough to be aware of is a ‘wet cough’.  A wet cough sounds ‘chesty’ and is phlegmy.  A wet cough is not normal and may need to be checked out by a doctor.  Any cough that lasts more than three weeks is also not normal and needs to be checked out by a doctor.

Respiratory infections in children are much too common and cause a large burden of illness in New Zealand. Being able to recognise the early signs of a respiratory infection, and seeking the right treatment straight away, can help to stop minor infections becoming more serious.

Many children can end up in hospital, or worse have permanent lung damage.  Children in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts are admitted to hospital with chest infections more often than for New Zealand as a whole.

To listen to the sound of a wet cough and for more information about taking care of children’s cough click here.



Pandemic planning and response

A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, for example multiple continents or even worldwide.

Pandemics by their nature are unpredictable in terms of timing, severity and the population groups that are most affected. The New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan establishes a framework for action that can readily be adopted and applied to any pandemic, irrespective of the nature of the virus and its severity. The Ministry of Health is working with government agencies to ensure New Zealand is as prepared as possible for a potential pandemic.

What is expected of education service providers?
Early childhood educa
tion (ECE) services are expected to develop their own pandemic plans to protect students and staff. In most cases this will involve reviewing and updating existing emergency management plans, to include a pandemic section. Further information is provided on the links below:

Nose blowing a must through winter months

With winter coughs and colds upon us it is important to encourage children to keep their nose clear.  Simple nose blowing helps prevent ear infections.

ECE staff can help by prompting children to blow their nose while they are at preschool.

Parents can help by prompting their children to blow their nose:

  • When they get up in the morning

  • Before they go to preschool

  • When they get home

  • Before they go to bed

Children can be encouraged to blow their nose in the following way:

  • To breathe in through their mouth

  • And close lips tightly

  • Then to blow out firmly into a tissue through both nostrils

  • And to aim to blow out five or six times

  • Then to dispose of tissue into rubbish bin

  • And to wash hands afterwards

To speak to the Bay of Plenty Ear Nurse please phone 021 223 2092 who would be happy to offer advice and support around your child’s hearing and ear health.  For contact details for the Lakes Ear Nurse, go here.


Preschool public health nursing service

For the Bay of Plenty district

In the Bay of Plenty, ECE services have a Preschool Public Health Nurse (PPHN) available for you to access. We work with children and their families around a wide range of health issues such as behavioural, toileting, developmental and social issues.  We also help children whose needs are not being met by the available services, or who need reconnecting into available services.

You can contact your Preschool Public Health Nurse at Community Health 4 Kids on (07) 577 3383 for the Western Bay or (07) 306 0944 for the Eastern Bay. You can also make a referral directly to

For further information on this Bay of Plenty service please refer to the blue Preschool Public Health Nurse Service Folder in your preschool centre.

For the Lakes district

A registered nurse is happy to take calls and queries regarding health concerns and point preschool teachers in the right direction if she is unable to assist you herself.  The phone number for the Preschool Public Health Nurse in Rotorua is 0800 MYNURSE. 

You can also contact the Well Child Nurses at Rotorua and Taupo Plunket, Tipu Ora in Rotorua and Tuwharetoa Health Services in Taupo/Turangi.

The aim of the Kids' Health Panui e-newsletter is to provide information about child/tamariki health issues to staff of Early Childhood Education Services (ECE Services) across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts. This health information can then be passed on to parents and whanau via your own ECE Service newsletters.

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