For parents and carers
Care for Kids’ Ears resources are available to help you learn how to prevent ear disease and hearing loss in your child. Having healthy ears gives children a strong and healthy start to life.
How you can help
The best thing you can do to help to keep your child’s ears healthy is to regularly get their ears checked at the health service.
A doctor, nurse, or health worker can help you understand:
- what you can do at home to prevent ear disease
- how to recognise the symptoms of ear disease
- the importance of taking your child to a health worker, nurse or doctor as soon as you think your child might have ear disease
- the importance of reminding your child to take medicine as needed, or to follow advice from the health professional, like avoiding swimming for a while.
The talking book provides these messages in 21 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages.
The Care for Kids’ Ears resources are available to help you and your child understand ear disease. They are fun, and include stories and games to explain:
- how to keep ears healthy
- how to recognise ear disease
- what to do if your child has a sore ear
- the importance of having regular ear checks.
If you care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, you can order Care for Kids' Ears resources for free, including brochures, booklets, activity books, crayons and stickers. You can also download and print as many copies as you like.
PLUM and HATS tools can help you work out whether children are on track with their listening and talking.