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Childhood Diseases – Common Skin and Respiratory Problem Symptoms

As a parent very few things are as important as a child’s health and well being. This is why it is so important to become familiar with common childhood diseases and their symptoms. Although the list of diseases and illness is quite long, here are three common conditions that many parents will encounter while raising their family;

1. Impetigo:

Bacterial skin infections are quite frequent in school age children due to the fact that they are extremely contagious and spread easily through physical contact. The most common contagious skin infection is impetigo. Though the name sounds rather serious, impetigo is easily treated with antibiotics and rarely produces any long term effects or complications. Impetigo usually presents itself as a cluster of reddish, itchy pimples which become irritated and release fluid. Once the small bumps have dried up and developed scabs they can take on a yellowish appearance.

2.  Croup:

Although croup can be a lot more serious than the common cold it is caused by the same group of viruses called “human para-influenza viruses”. The most common symptom of croup is a tell-tale cough. In some cases, croup can become severe and a child will need to be hospitalized in order to receive the needed treatment and medication. However, croup is very rarely fatal and is eliminated within a week. Croup is possibly the most worrisome of all common childhood diseases and can affect all children between the ages of 2 and 13 years of age.

3. Chicken pox:

Also known as varicella, chickenpox is the most recognizable of all common childhood diseases. Appearing as a vesicular skin rash, chickenpox is extremely itchy and can be challenging for children of younger ages. Direct contact with the child’s rash area can cause the disease to spread from child to child, however direct contact is not the only way to contract the illness. Chickenpox can be spread easily through coughing and sneezing as well. Although chickenpox is very rarely life-threatening for older children, they can be potentially fatal to unborn children and are more serious when contracted by adults. 

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