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Common Childhood Health Problems

As a parent, you may have dealt with enough stomach aches, ear infections, and fever successfully. After all, every child deserves the right care and quality medical care. But there are other common childhood health problems and disease you should know. They include:

1. Hand, foot, and mouth disease
This infectious viral disease isn’t severe. Children within the age range of 4 to 5 are most likely to get it through saliva and stool.
• Poor appetite
• A sore throat
• Fever
After some days, painful sores may occur in the throat. Also, a skin rash may appear on the trunk, soles, palms and diaper region. Usually, it clears up within ten days without medication.

2. Croup
Croup attacks the voice box and windpipe. The disease is mostly caused by viruses and lasts for 7days or less.
The symptoms begin with stridor and barky cough, which worsens at night. Other symptoms include:
• Fever
• A runny nose and other flu-like symptoms
Steam up your bathroom and sit with your baby for ten minutes. You can also use a cool mist humidifier as breathing in moist air can help ease the symptoms.

3. Scarlet Fever
Before, scarlet fever was a deadly illness, but this can be treated now. It is a bacterial infection, which is caused by group A streptococcus.
• A rash around the face, neck and the body.
• A sore throat
If your baby has a rash or a sore throat, call your doctor immediately. Also, if she tests positive for scarlet fever, then treat the disease with shots of antibiotics to prevent complications.

4. Fifth disease
Fifth disease is a common condition among children between the ages of 5 to 15 years.cIn some kids, it’s benign. However, if a child has a weak immune system or sickle cell anemia, he could be severely ill from the disease.
• A runny nose
• Swollen joints
• Low fever
After some days, a red rash will appear on the face and all over the body. When the rash appears, the disease is no longer deadly.
It will take about one to three weeks for the rash to clear. Also, your child’s joints may ache and rash may itch as well. Your pediatrician will recommend medications to ease these symptoms.

5. RSV
RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus is an infection that affects the airways. Usually, symptoms are mild, but may become severe if it affects a child who has weak immune system or lungs or has heart disease. Also, it can cause pneumonia and lungs inflammation.
• Flu-like symptoms such as a cough, nasal congestion, and runny nose
• Breathing problems in babies
• Irritability

Talk with your pediatrician about ways to relieve the symptoms.

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