Wonder why your kid is always falling sick?
That’s because their central nervous, reproductive, digestive, and immune systems are still in development stage. As they’re constantly growing, kids also eat more food, drink more water, and breathe more air than adults do. So it’s no wonder that they’re more likely to contract some illness than adults.
That doesn’t mean you should leave your kids to be when they’re down with the common cold. In fact, you should be ready and know how to combat these common ails as a small complication can be fatal to them.
Here are some common childhood sicknesses and how you should deal with them:
1. Sore throat
Sore throats are fairly common and no specific medicine is required. However, it could be something else – an infection by the name of streptococcal (strep throat). If diagnosed with strep throat, an antibiotic has to be prescribed and your kid will need to take the full course of it, regardless if they are still down with the sickness.
The chickenpox is a contagious illness that will cause itchy rashes and red spots to erupt all over your child’s body. Symptoms include fever, headache, cough, and a sore throat. Kids who suffer from chickenpox will benefit from vitamin B-12, vitamin A with beta carotene, and vitamins D, E, and K. To relieve itchiness, you can put calamine lotion on the affected areas and give your child acetaminophen. However, if your child seem to be abnormally weak and is unable to keep fluids down, remember to seek medical care!
3. Common cold
This is probably the most common sickness experienced by kids. That’s not to say that it’s easy to deal with. With colds, other symptoms like sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, mild fever, and a runny nose can surface too. Like the sore throat, it doesn’t need any specific medicine, but supplements such as zinc, Echinacea, and vitamin c can be added to your kids’ diet to help them get better quicker. Take note that there’s also a chance that it is a sinus infection – so do take it seriously!
Conjunctivitis – or more commonly known as pinkeye – is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The reason for its commonality is because it is highly contagious. To help your child heal faster, vitamin A and B2 are recommended.
5. Urinary Tract Infection
This occurs when bacteria are built up in the urinary tract. This can be extremely annoying, as your child will not stop crying due to the pain and burning sensation they experience during urination. They will also need to urinate frequently and urgently and will go through abdominal, side, or back pain. Consult an doctor immediately if your child are facing these symptoms. As there are various bacteria that could cause a UTI, it is not advisable to self-medicate. Instead, listen to the your’s child doctor and medicate accordingly.
6. Hand, foot, and mouth disease
Primarily caused by entoroviruses (or more specifically, the coxsackievirus), it is highly contagious and can spread through touch, coughs, sneezes, and fecal matter. Some symptoms include mild fever accompanied by sores and blisters. To ease the sore throat, try feeding your child ice pops and cold fluids, but remember to avoid acidic juices as they can sting. Some studies also showed that having enough vitamin A in your child’s system can help to battle the disease.