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

  • Keep skin clean, wash hands often.
  • Keep finger nails short and clean.
  • Clean and cover sores with a plaster.
  • See your doctor is the sore is bigger than a 10c coin, close to the eye, won't stop bleeding or signs of infection (sore, red, swollen, has pud or the sore is getting bigger/not improving).
  • If prescribed antibiotics for infected sore, make sure your child finishes the course.
  • If not improving, return to the doctor.

Additional 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 24 June 2024.