Common Infectious Diseases in Infants and Toddlers – JC Bright Start Project Public Talk



The Jockey Club “Bright Start” Project is funded by Jockey Club Charities Trust, organised by Hong Kong Christian Service (HKCS), driven and supervised by Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE), in collaboration with Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council (SKHWC), Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service (TTMSS), Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation (HKPF), CUHK Centre for Global Health (CGH), and Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA). The 3-year pilot project aims to enhance the quality of child care services in Hong Kong, through the provision of best nutrition, care and education to infants aged 0 to 3 years.

The first Public Talk under this project will shed light on the prevention of infectious diseases of infants aged 0-3 years. Parents and Child Care Workers are welcome to join.

Date: 4 June 2022 (Sat)
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Format: Online
Topic: Common Infectious Diseases in Infants and Toddlers – prevention, home-care and infection control in Child Care Centres
Language: Cantonese
Speakers: Dr. Daniel CHIU (Director, HKPF), Dr. Lilian WONG (Secretary General, HKPF)


The immune system in early childhood is not very mature. Therefore, infants and toddlers (0-3 years old) are more susceptible to infectious diseases such as respiratory infections, gastroenteritis and rash or other infectious skin conditions. General preventive measures such as vaccination, home care, and environmental measures at Child Care Centres are all important strategies to avoid infection. The speaker will discuss various common infectious diseases in infants and toddlers, the role of vaccination, how to avoid cross-infection in child care centre settings, and how to deal with infection outbreaks.

In addition, the speaker will briefly discuss how parents can support the health needs of young children at home and what home-based environmental measures and daily living plans can effectively enhance children’s immunity. In addition, the speakers will discuss how to take care of young children at home when they are sick and what measures to help them recovered.

Note: The information and opinion in the talk are provided by the speakers for reference only. They do not represent the opinions or views of the Project. If you are unsure about your child’s physical condition, please consult your doctor.

Dr Daniel CHIU is a specialist in Paediatrics and a Director of the Hong Kong Paediatrics Foundation. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor (Honorary) of the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is currently a member of the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health. Dr CHIU was the President of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society, and Assistant Director of the Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps.

Dr Lilian WONG is a specialist in Paediatrics. She was the President of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society, President of the International Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), Regional Vice President of the International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH), and a member of the Standing Committee of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA). She is currently the Secretary General of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation, a Clinical Associate Professor (Honorary) of the Department of Paediatrics and the School of Public Health, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and a Member of Commission on Children in Hong Kong.