Parenting requires a varied skill set.
We are interpreters of baby babble and toddler mumbles, psychologists determining the reasons for unexplained mood swings and medical professionals deciphering signs when our children are ill.
The last part of that skill set can be the trickiest.
Sometimes there is a fine line between a cold and the flu. So how do we know when our child needs a doctor, and when some good old fashioned TLC will suffice?
As an emergency paediatric nurse and mother of two, Sarah Hunstead from CPR Kids has seen all kinds of illnesses in children.
Sarah breaks down the five key signs that your child is unwell.