Children's Health

Cuts, coughs, and the occasional sprain from a fall are all part of growing up. What matters is how quickly we help children return to being active, happy, and healthy.

Children's healthcare needs, such as behavioural development, mental wellness, eye care and dental health, are different from those of adults. At our hospital, our paediatric specialists and nurses are sensitive to the well-being of young patients and your concerns as parents.

Like you, we take pride in your child's growth and development. Our friendly team of experts are here to nurse your child to health when they are ill and guide their transformation into well-adjusted individuals.

Learn more about the services and treatments we provide to support children's health and growth.

Raising a healthy child

From birth to adolescence, a child develops in leaps and bounds. Visible differences in height and body weight are not the only evidence of growth. Emotional and mental maturity are all part of their journey into adulthood.

Nutrition and physical activities play a big part in keeping your child safe and healthy. When a child falls ill, proper treatment and rest help them bounce back quickly.

Learn more about medical conditions affecting children below the age of 13, and how we can support their healthy growth.

Common childhood illnesses

Here is a list of common childhood illnesses affecting children in Singapore:

  • Fever is a raised body temperature of 38°C or above. It occurs as a response to the body fighting infection.
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) includes the common cold. It refers to infections affecting the upper portion of your child’s airway.
  • Bronchiolitis is a common viral chest infection that occurs in infants and young children.
  • Gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu, is an infection of your child’s stomach and intestines that may lead to diarrhoea, vomiting, or both.
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is an illness caused by a group of viruses known as enteroviruses.
  • Chickenpox is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
  • Allergic rhinitis occurs when the body reacts to environmental allergens in the air, causing nasal symptoms.
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis), is a chronic inflammatory skin condition caused by a defect in the skin barrier.

Did you know? A child can catch up to 8 to 10 colds a year before they turn 2. With each exposure to cold viruses, they build up immunity and get fewer colds as they grow.

Common paediatric orthopaedic conditions

Paediatric orthopaedic conditions affect children's musculoskeletal system, which comprises the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. Some conditions are congenital (from birth), while others develop along the way.

Find out more about common children’s orthopaedic conditions and treatment options available.

Learn more: What to do when my child is sick?

Children's health at Parkway East


From newborns, children to pre-teens, each child grows at their own pace and encounters different medical concerns.

At Parkway East Hospital, paediatrics is one of our areas of expertise. Dedicated facilities, comprising a neonatal intensive care unit, paediatric clinic, and nursery, allow us to care for children under 13 in a safe and comforting environment.

Caring for your child's well-being goes beyond physical health. We pay attention to cognitive, behavioural and emotional development as part of our medical care. Our focus includes children's:

  • Dental health
  • Behavioural health
  • Orthopaedic health
  • Mental health
  • Eye health

Our healthcare professionals are skilled in subspecialty interests such as the management of allergies, digestive problems and respiratory issues commonly found among children. We also treat more severe conditions including those related to the heart and lungs, immune system or liver.

Our paediatricians

Our committed team of paediatricians and paediatric nurses at Parkway East Paediatric Clinic have deep experience in helping young patients.

From childhood illnesses to paediatric allergy and immunology, discuss your concerns with us to enhance your child's health.

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Looking for a specialist to diagnose and treat your child's condition? We provide medical consultations and treatments for a wide range of childhood illnesses that include:

Ear, nose, throat (ENT)

Digestive system

Infectious diseases


Orthopaedic conditions

Other conditions

Child development

Our services include:

  • Childhood vaccinations
  • Influenza vaccinations
  • Newborn and infant care
  • Developmental assessment of the growing child
  • Treatment of common childhood illnesses

Specialised evaluation and treatment

We provide specialised medical care, such as:

  • Allergic rhinitis and asthma evaluation and management
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema) evaluation and management
  • Urticaria (hives) and angioedema treatment
  • Food allergy and anaphylaxis management
  • Evaluation and treatment of jaundice
  • General paediatric surgery
  • Drug allergy evaluation

Allergic rhinitis and asthma evaluation and management

  • Lung function tests
  • Asthma action plans
  • Skin prick test to environmental allergens
  • House dust mite sublingual immunotherapy

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) evaluation and management

  • Eczema action plans
  • Wet wrap therapy and topical treatments
  • Skin prick tests to evaluate food or environmental allergens
  • Food allergen testing and weaning advice in infants with moderate to severe eczema
  • Comprehensive skincare counselling and advice on the management of eczema triggers
  • Inpatient intensive skincare programme for severe eczema flares

Urticaria (hives) and angioedema

  • Acute and chronic urticaria (hives)
  • Acute and chronic angioedema (swelling beneath the skin)

Food allergy and anaphylaxis management

  • Skin prick tests for diagnosis
  • Blood tests for specific Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies
  • Hospital-and clinic-based oral food challenges for diagnosis and appropriate food reintroduction in outgrowing allergies
  • Adrenaline autoinjector (EpiPen) prescriptions
  • Anaphylaxis action plan

Drug allergy evaluation

  • Evaluation of common drug allergies
  • Skin prick tests, intradermal tests and oral drug challenges
  • Evaluation of suitable alternative drugs in confirmed drug allergies

Acute paediatric care

  • Minor fractures
  • Minor cuts and burns
  • In-clinic wound management
  • Fevers and other ailments
  • Falls or head injury

Early diagnosis and treatment increase the chances of a full recovery, more so for children as their bodies are still growing and adapting. Some children outgrow their conditions as they develop, while others need longer intervention.

At Parkway East Hospital, we work closely with families to provide the support that your child needs during recovery. Depending on your child's condition, we will closely monitor their symptoms and adjust the treatment as they grow.

As children's immune system gets stronger and their bodies and minds mature, proper medical care will put them on the path to becoming healthy adults.

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