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What are some common childhood illnesses?
Common childhood illnesses include chickenpox, conjunctivitis; head lice; middle ear infections; various rashes; hand, foot and mouth disease; asthma; croup; ringworm; gastroenteritis; food allergies; common cold; and flu.
What causes common childhood illnesses?
Viral and bacterial infections are the more common cause of illnesses in children, but some conditions are also fungal or parasitic infections.
How are common childhood illness treated?
The underlying cause of an illness, severity of symptoms and the age of a child will determine the appropriate treatment for an illness. Many illnesses listed here are generally mild, are likely to resolve on their own and may be well-managed with …
Will common childhood illnesses clear on their own?
Many childhood illnesses, such as common cold, sore throat, gastroenteritis, croup and middle ear infections are generally mild and are likely to resolve on their own.
What can be done at home to treat common childhood illnesses?
Simple home care steps for common childhood illnesses may include using over-the-counter pain relief medication, ensuring your child remains hydrated and well-rested, and monitoring their temperature.
Are common childhood illnesses contagious?
Some childhood illnesses are very contagious. These include: chickenpox; infective conjunctivitis; head lice; fifth disease; hand, foot and mouth disease; ringworm; and gastroenteritis. It is best to keep your child at home to avoid the spread of …
How are common childhood illnesses spread?
Hand, foot and mouth disease, fifth disease and chickenpox are spread by droplets from sneezing and coughing by an infected child. Head lice are most often spread by direct person-to-person contact. Ringworm is spread by direct contact with an …
Can common childhood illnesses be prevented?
You can help lower the chance of children contracting a contagious infection by teaching them to wash their hands regularly, especially after going to the toilet, before eating and drinking, after blowing their nose and after touching a pet. By …
About this article
Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Common childhood illnesses