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Here are some important tips to remember if your tamariki have any sores:

  • Wash and dry your hands for 20 seconds
  • Use a clean cloth or paper towel to soak and wash the sores. Put the cloth or paper towel in the rubbish bin
  • Dry sores with another clean cloth or paper towel. Put the cloth or paper towel in the rubbish bin
  • Cover sores with a sticking plaster and change daily
  • Keep finger nails short and clean
  • If your child has a sore don't go swimming

Further resources

Skin tool

The healthy skin tool pamphlet has been translated into Maori and eight Pacific languages (Samoan, Cook Island, Fijia, Tongan, I-Kiribati, Tokelauan, Niuean and Tuvaluan).

Fun activities

A range of fun activities have been developed for use with children to highlight the importance of skin health. Each of these activities can be downloaded below under the 'Fun activities' section.

For more information

The Ministry of Health also produces a variety of skin related health information resources, these can be ordered by contacting our Health Information Centre or by visiting the HealthEd website at
    Last updated 11 May 2022.