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The Most Common Childhood Illnesses

Get the lowdown on the most common childhood illnesses – and tips for helping your child to recover faster. Knowing the common symptoms, and when your child needs to see a doctor, will help make the situation a manageable one.

 

Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox is a mild but very common childhood illness that most children will catch at some point; it is most common in children under the age of ten.

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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink Eye is an infection of the covering of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelid. It is usually caused by a virus but may be caused by bacteria or other irritants.

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Croup

Croup is a childhood condition that affects the windpipe (trachea), the airways to the lungs (the bronchi) and the voice box (larynx). Croup is caused by a virus, several viruses can cause croup but in most cases, it is the parainfluenza virus. Croup can be spread easily through coughing, sneezing, and respiratory secretions (mucus and droplets from coughing or sneezing).

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Head Lice

Head lice are passed from person to person by direct contact or from shared personal items such as towels, combs, hats etc. It has nothing to do with cleanliness. Anyone, adult or child, can get head lice.

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

HFMD is usually a mild, but very contagious viral infection common in infant and children under 10 years of age. However, adolescents and adults can also be affected.

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Impetigo

Impetigo is a mild but highly contagious bacterial skin infection that usually causes blisters or sores it can affect anyone but is most common in infants and young children. It is generally caused by one of two bacteria Staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus. The incubation period is one to ten days.

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Influenza

Flu (short for Influenza) is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you will usually begin to feel better within about a week. You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it’s especially common in winter, which is why it’s also known as “seasonal flu”.

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Roseola

Roseola is a common, usually mild, viral infection that affects babies and toddlers.  It typically causes a fever and a spotty rash for a few days.

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RSV (Syncytial Virus)

RSV is a very common viral infection and most children have had it by the time they are two. For most babies and young children, the infection causes nothing more than a cold. But for a small percentage, infection with the RSV virus can lead to problems such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia.

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Scarlet Fever

Scarlet Fever is highly contagious it is caused by an infection from a bacterium known as hemolytic streptococci. The bacteria make a toxin (poison) that can cause the scarlet-coloured rash from which the illness gets its name. Scarlet fever usually follows a sore throat (strep throat) or skin infection (impetigo). The contagious period for scarlet fever ranges from about 12 hours after exposure to the bacteria, even if the individual shows no symptoms. Anyone can catch scarlet fever but it usually affects children aged between four and eight. The incubation period is one to four days.

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Streptococcal (Group A)

Streptococcal infections are any type of infection caused by the streptococcus (“strep”) group of bacteria.  Group A strep (strep A) are often found on the surface of the skin and inside the throat. They are a common cause of infection in children. They can be spread in droplets in the coughs or sneezes of someone with an infection, or through direct contact with an infected person or contaminated object. The incubation period for Strep A is up to 7 days from initial exposure of an infected person.

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Threadworms (Pinworms)

Threadworms are parasitic worms that live in the upper part of the large intestine of humans. Anyone can get threadworms but they are particularly common in young children. Threadworms are white and look like a small piece of thread not much larger than a staple; they are difficult to see due to their size and colour.

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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is highly contagious; it usually affects infants and young children although adults can sometimes develop the condition. The condition is caused by bacteria, Bordetella pertussis. It is spread by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is called whooping cough because the main symptom is a hacking cough often followed by a sharp intake of breath that sounds like a ‘whoop”.

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