Some Common Childhood Illnesses, Symptoms, and Treatments

Most illnesses, whether it’s the common cold or a mild fever, are usually solved by letting the child rest and drink a lot of fluids. But as a parent, it’s important to know that not everything can be treated at home, but not everything requires your child to be immediately hospitalized.

Below is a list of some common illnesses and how to treat them at home, as well as symptoms to watch out for if you’re not sure what you’re looking at.

1. Pinkeye
Pinkeye (also called “conjunctivitis) is a common infection for children below five, where the conjunctiva (the delicate membrane lining the eyelids) is infected or encounters foreign material, and swells or reddens as a result.

Trim your child’s nails and keep him/her from touching and scratching the eyes to avoid spreading the infection. Use saline eye drops or gently clean the eyes with cotton balls soaked in warm water. When using cotton balls, be sure to clean in one direction.

If the symptoms last for more than a week, consult your doctor or pediatric ophthalmologist.

2. Roseola
Also called “false measles” in Singapore, roseola is a common viral infection that spreads through children and infants from airborne droplets from the nose and throat as well as direct contact with these secretions.

Roseola causes high fever in children, as well as sore throat, coughing, and runny nose. However, the good news is that this condition is usually mild, meaning that all you need to watch out for is to maintain your child’s fluid intake and to manage coughing with antipyretics.

3. Chickenpox
This condition should be seen as an eventuality, and if your child catches chickenpox once, he/she will never catch it again. In most healthy children who are afflicted with chickenpox, the condition simply goes away on its own after two or three weeks.

Chickenpox is characterized at first by red pimples or rashes on the chest, back, or face. The rashes then move to different areas throughout the body before developing into blisters. These symptoms usually appear from 10 to 21 days, and most children with chickenpox are usually sick for five to seven.

Treatment is usually directed towards reducing itching. Make sure your child drinks enough fluids. During the time when he/she is sick, you can give your child antipyretics to keep the fever low as well as any paracetamol except ibuprofen.

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