Childhood Illnesses: Symptoms, Prevention, And The Need For a Doctor

Childhood illnesses Symptoms, prevention, and the need for a doctor

Childhood Illnesses: Symptoms, Prevention, And The Need For a Doctor

As parents, knowing about childhood illnesses is quintessential as it helps you ensure your child is healthy, and safe, and receives medical attention on time. Usually, every kid suffers from childhood illnesses at some point during their childhood. Sometimes it is the carefree nature of kids and sometimes the environment around them may lead to diseases. Certain common diseases mostly occur in kids than in adults. So far, medical experts have been able to devise vaccinations and medications that help successfully fight against these diseases.  Maintaining precautions by parents and teaching kids hygiene and healthcare from early childhood is also crucial. When parents are aware of the symptoms of common childhood illnesses, it becomes easier to make the right decision for the kid. Here is a list of some of the common childhood diseases that affect the majority of children across the globe. Some of these may also be more prevalent in certain regions.
  • Sore Throat

Sore throat is among the most common diseases among people of age groups including kids. It can lead to mild fever, loss of taste, and weakness. Usually, children recover in a week with rest at home.
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Bacteria build up in the urinary tract leads to urinary tract infection. From infants to kids and teens to adults, UTI is common and can be quite painful. It causes a burning sensation and a frequent urge to pee accompanied by Abdominal pain. 
  • Ear Pain & Infection

Pain in the ears can be a common childhood problem. Due to various reasons, the symptoms may occur. It can be a swimmer's ear, sinusitis, cold, or cough. In all such situations, the kid may complain of ear pain. It is best to visit a pediatrician who can help conclude the cause and remedy for the ear pain.
  • Conjunctivitis

Commonly referred to as pink eye, conjunctivitis is a common eye disease in kids. Common symptoms include itching, redness, and teary eyes. The common cold virus can cause pink eye and it is an easily and rapidly infectious disease, especially in schools and childcare centers.
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes bronchiolitis in kids. It is the inflammation of the small airways and may also lead to pneumonia. The kid may suffer fever, cough, and a runny nose. In serious cases, hospitalization may be required. 
  • Common Cough and Cold

Seasonal illnesses like the common flu are usually not a matter of serious concern. Most people, especially kids, are prone to seasonal flu. It causes cough, cold, fever, and weakness. Usually, the condition improves within 4-7 days.
  • Croup

Croup is a form of cough, usually that tightens the throat and causes pain. Mostly at night, it causes coughs that may end up like a barking cough. The inflammation in the upper airways causes croup due to viral infection. Usually, the symptoms improve on their own but in some cases, a doctor's attention may be required.
  • Infections & Blisters

The human body can catch different types of infections. It may be on the skin, ears, nose, eyes, stomach, etc. In some conditions, multiple blisters may also occur that usually clear out in a week or so. In kids, it is more common. 
  • Fifth Disease

The red rash on a child's face, torso, legs, or arms may be a symptom of the fifth disease. It is caused by human parvovirus B19 and shows symptoms like cold. Usually, when the red rashes appear, the virus is no longer communicable.
  • Stomach Infection (Rotavirus)

Bugs in the stomach or other common stomach infections usually affect most children. Rotavirus is a common virus that causes stomach infections. It can be communicable so contact with an affected kid can also transmit it. It can cause upset stomach, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Fever may also be accompanied by these symptoms.
  • Chickenpox

Vaccines for chickenpox can be quite effective. It is a disease that causes extreme itching and blisters all over the body including the face. Pregnant women can be at risk of suffering serious illness due to chickenpox.
  • Measles

Measles is usually prevented through vaccines. Those who catch this disease suffer fever, cough, and runny nose. It may leave rashes on the body even after recovery which may take time to clear out.
  • Meningitis

In meningitis, tissues around the brain get infected and inflamed. Common symptoms include a stiff neck, headache, or fever. Vaccines can help prevent meningitis in most children.
  • Strep Throat

Cold virus may lead to step throat, especially in infants and kids. Sneezes and a runny nose are the initial symptoms. Kids may also complain of headaches, rashes, difficulty in swallowing food, drooling, rash, pus in the throat, and fever. Within a week or so, the condition improves but if not, you must visit the doctor.

Pediatric Care Tips for Parents

As parents, you may wonder when to visit a pediatrician when your child falls sick. The best way out is to visit a pediatrician regularly to stay updated on your kid's health as your child may not always be able to explain their health problem. In case of sicknesses, if the condition persists, it is best to visit a doctor immediately.  Here are some of the tips on how you can take care of your child's health and vapid childhood diseases:
  • Vaccinations Without a Miss

Various childhood illnesses are easily preventable with vaccines. So, make sure to consult your pediatrician and take your kid for vaccines on the given date without a miss.
  • Sufficient Sleep for Kids

Just like everyone, kids too need sufficient sleep or they may fall sick. It is a habit that parents develop in their kids. The best way out is when the whole family goes to sleep at a specified time so kids cannot get a space-hop for the night.
  • Hydration is the Best Medicine

Water is life and the best medicine as well as a precaution against various diseases. Not just adults but kids also require sufficient hydration. So, make sure your kid has at least 8 ounces of water.
  • Personal Hygiene Tips Since Childhood

Personal hygiene has to be taught since early childhood. You may take one step at a time and teach your kid to maintain hygiene. So, even when you are away from them or they are in school, they will try to maintain hygiene.
  • Sharing with Caution

Sharing is caring but not always. For instance, sharing a comb or water bottle may lead to the spread of germs and certain bacteria and viruses. So, it is best to have your kid their own set of essentials and motivate them to use their own.
  • Healthy Eating Habits

Eating healthy is a win-win for anyone. Avoiding junk and sticking with green leafy veggies and a nutritional diet along with milk can be a great diet for the day. You may have food together so your kid doesn't have to struggle while eating. 
  • Visit a Pediatrician

Visit your child's pediatrician regularly. Since a child's early age, a pediatrician can give the best health advice. Sunshine Pediatrics can be your child's best caretaker. Pediatricians are the professional who knows what your kid needs, child health warning signs, and the best health solutions for them. 


Kids are obviously to behave carefree and play around without acknowledging potential health threats. It is the responsibility of parents to be aware of childhood illnesses and report to a pediatrician in serious cases. Also, regular visits to the pediatrician ensure your child is in the best health conditions and prevent childhood illnesses. Your child's one-stop solution for health needs could be Sunshine Pediatrics. We value the health of your child just like you do. Contact us to book your appointment today.
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