Kids get sick easily, especially during the colder months. But fret not, because we’ve listed some of the most common childhood illnesses to help you better understand what your child is going through. Get the lowdown:
As Parenting Magazine explains, most babies usually get several colds during their first year. Caused by viral infections, your baby may also have slight fever, runny nose, sneezing, and a lack of appetite when they have a cold. Be sure to consult your doctor if your child is under 6 months old!
RSV (which is an acronym for respiratory syncytial virus) is a common virus of early infancy that can be very serious. Doctors say that it is the major cause of hospitalization for respiratory illness in children under the age of one. Furthermore, it can infect the bronchial passages, causing bronchitis or bronchiolitis. If RSV spreads to the lungs, it can even cause viral pneumonia!
More often or not, your baby will experience constipation after they start eating solid foods. While constipation may not sound serious, parents should treat it immediately. When your baby has difficulty to poo, this may stretch the intestines, weaken the muscle tone, and make it more difficult to pass the stool.
4. Ear infections
According to Baby Center, an ear infection (which may be viral or bacterial) may lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and a decrease in appetite. Besides that, earaches can also affect your little love’s sleeping patterns. If you suspect an ear infection, the best way to treat it is to have your doctor examine your child’s ear right away.
Gastroenteritis (also known as a stomach bug) can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Although most stomach viruses clear up within a few days to a week, you should also make sure your child has enough fluids in his system to prevent dehydration. Moreover, you should also feed her foods that are bland and easily digestible (i.e. yogurt).
6. Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease
If your child has painful sores in the mouth and throat, he or she might have hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). It can be caused by a number of viruses, most commonly the coxsackie virus (which is a contagious virus). On top of that, sores are often accompanied by red blisters on the hands and soles of the feet that last seven to ten days. While this illness occurs most often in children below the age of five, adults can get infected by it, too!
Roseola typically affects children between six months and two years of age. The illness usually begins with a sudden high fever that lasts for three to five days, followed by a generally pink rash that lasts for less than three days. In rare cases, roseola can cause cause febrile convulsions (also known as febrile seizures or “fever fits”) due to the sudden rise in body temperature in rare cases.