Childhood Health Care

Common Childhood Illnesses

Your children deserve high-quality medical care. As a parent, it is essential to be aware of the most common childhood illnesses. You can't stop your kid from getting sick, but you can prevent some diseases and treat others. So, you should know the basics of the most common disease your child might get, so you can be sure your child is getting the best care possible to avoid any complications for your child.

Here is a list of the most common childhood illnesses:

Cold and Flu:

Cold and Flu are viral infections that spread from person to person and affect the upper respiratory tract. Infants and toddlers can get 6 to 8 colds per year. Symptoms of a cold are a blocked or runny nose, congestion, and sneezing and coughing) may last up to ten days.  

Earache:

Ear infections can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms include ear pain and irritation, high temperature, and difficulty sleeping. A child may get earache if he or she has otitis media, swimmer's ear (inflammation of the ear canal), ear pressure from a cold or sinus infection, and toothache.

Gastroenteritis:

Or it is called "Stomach Flu" which is caused by a viral infection in the gut with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Usually, the symptoms pass within a couple of days, and treatment includes rest and having fluids to avoid dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea. 

Urinary Tract Infection:

It is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract and bladder. Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection include pain or burning during urination, needing to urinate frequently or urgently, and bedwetting. 

Bronchitis and Bronchiolitis:

Both are caused by a chest viral infection of the central airways in the lungs, especially during the cold and flu season. Their symptoms are wheezing sounds when breathing out, tightness or pain in the chest, breathing rapidly, and trouble and difficulty when breathing.

Sore Throat:

A bacterial infection causes sore throat, fever, swollen tonsils, and stomach pain.

When to go to the Pediatrician?

  • If you have any questions or concerns about suitable care for your child

  • If your child's illness appears to change or becomes worse

  • If your child's illness does not go away after a few days

  • If you are worried about any new symptoms that develop. 

 

Finally, we must mention the vital role of vaccinations. Vaccines are essential tools for protecting ourselves and our children. Vaccines guard them against serious, often deadly diseases. They are the best way to reduce the risk of getting ill because they prepare your body to fight the disease faster and more effectively. Being vaccinated gives your child protection against illness by building immunity to the virus and preventing the transmission of the virus to other people.