5 Common Childhood Illnesses to Watch for in Your Kids

Saturday, May 05, 2018

You never want your children to become ill, but it will happen. Between daycare, school, and playing with their friends, your kids are bound to get sick. Many people equate daycare centers to Petri dishes, and unfortunately, it is true. When kids get together, one is bound to have the sniffles, and the germs spread like wildfire. Thankfully, you can keep your kids healthy with regular pediatric checkups, a healthy diet, and plenty of exercise. Also, keep your eye out for these five common childhood illnesses.

1. Cold

Ah, the common cold. Parents magazine says you can expect your children to catch colds about five times a year. Five times a year?! Yep, five times a year. Symptoms include congestion, coughing, mild fever, and a sore throat. For sore throats caused by pussy sores, see strep throat below. Rather than hop your children up on cold medicines, physicians recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the fever, plenty of fluids, and a humidifier to help with breathing.

2. Influenza (Flu)

Talk with your children’s pediatrician about the annual flu vaccine and, if approved, get your kids vaccinated early. Should any of your children catch the flu, expect the symptoms to seem as if it’s a cold on steroids. Fevers can get as high as 103 degrees Fahrenheit with the flu, and your children will suffer from coughs, headaches and body aches, the chills, sore throats, and oftentimes diarrhea and vomiting. Get your kids in to see the doctor if they have any of these symptoms.

3. Pinkeye

Itchy and contagious as all get out, pinkeye is every child and his or her parents worst nightmare. It’s hard to get your kids to leave pinkeye alone, and you can expect it to spread through your house quickly as finger go into eyes and then all over everything else. Pinkeye must be treated by antibiotic drops, so if you suspect your child has the condition, head to urgent care. You’ll also need to sterilize anything the bacteria may have come into contact with, such as bedding and bath towels.

4. Rubeola (Measles)

Rubeola, or the measles, can be prevented with proper vaccination; however, even vaccinated kids can catch the measles. Talk with your healthcare provider about recommended childhood vaccinations, and if your plan doesn’t cover them, talk with a Jackson insurance agency for added coverage. The measles affect kids from birth to five years old generally, and symptoms include cough, fever, inflamed eyes, mouth spots, runny nose, skin rash, and a sore throat.

5. Strep Throat

In older children, a sore throat accompanied by swollen lymph nodes and pussy sores usually means strep throat. Highly contagious and painful, this infection is caused by the streptococcus bacteria. Your child will have the above symptoms as well as trouble swallowing, talking, a fever, and even suffer from abdominal pain. Strep throat can be spread easily through coughing, sneezing, and touching, so get your child to the doctor and on the appropriate medication right away.

You never want your children to suffer, but they will get sick throughout their lives. Keep them happy and healthy by staying on top of common childhood illness symptoms and seeking treatment immediately when you suspect something might be wrong.

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