In an emergency or life threatening situation, you should always call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.
Emergency care for children is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at all metropolitan hospitals and peri-urban hospitals.
Some conditions that are not life-threatening for an adult can be more serious for babies and young children. If you are concerned that your baby or child may have a serious illness or injury, call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance or attend an ED.
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This information is a guide only and is not intended to be individual medical advice and should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified doctor or other health care professional.
If your symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, phone or visit a GP, out-of-hours medical centre or pharmacy. In an emergency, you should always call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.
Young babies with fever, especially in the first few months of life, need to be assessed by a doctor. Other concerning symptoms include poor feeding, vomiting, lethargy or irritability and skin rash. Difficulty breathing is concerning for all children. You know your child’s behaviour better than anyone else so if you are concerned or they are not behaving normally, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
For minor illness or injury, there are a range of care options to consider, including your local GP, out-of-hours medical centre, pharmacy or self care at home. Local health services, including information about after-hours services, can be found through the Healthdirect service finder, by calling 1800 022 222 or visiting Adelaide PHN Adelaide After Hours service finder.
Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.
There are a range of things you can do to minimise your risk of getting sick, especially during the winter months.
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You can check your symptoms and receive some guidance about what health care option is best for your situation using the Healthdirect symptom checker*.
*Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.