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10 Childhood Illnesses to Watch Out For

When the Flu attacks, the virus invades the body. It starts very simply. A virus, just one, latches on to one of your cells and fools that cell into making lots more. Lots, lots more, like a million new viruses. The viruses trick healthy cells to join the dark side. Some new viruses get caught in mucus and other fluids inside your body and may or may not beĀ  destroyed. Other viruses get expelled in coughs and sneezes. Therefore the ultimate is the Flu shot on time. Here are 3 of the most commonest illnesses :

Your kid is bound to catch something this winter, so make sure you’re ready. Get the lowdown on 10 common childhood illnesses — and tips for helping her recover faster. Knowing the common symptoms, and when your child needs to see a doctor, will help make this cold and flu season a manageable one.

Common Cold

Expect up to five bouts this year.
You probably know the drill: Treat a mild fever, congestion, coughing, and a sore throat with lots of fluids and rest. If your child seems uncomfortable, children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce the fever (follow directions carefully, and consult your pediatrician if your child is under 6 months old), but steer clear of cough and cold medicines.


It’s a lot worse than a tummy ache.
This illness, better known as a stomach bug, causes vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. A variety of viruses, including norovirus — which often sweeps through child-care centers (not to mention cruise ships) — can cause gastroenteritis. Most stomach viruses clear up within a few days to a week and require nothing more than rest and TLC. Still, you should make sure your child is drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration. “The biggest mistake most parents tend to make is giving too much liquid at once, which a sick child may not be able to hold down,” says Maria Conwell, M.D., a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Good news: It’s usually over by age 2, and always by kindergarten.
Chances are your child’s roseola symptoms will be so minor that you won’t even realize he’s under the weather. However, some kids come down with a high fever, congestion, coughing, and, later, a patchy rash that starts on the chest and spreads. Although roseola usually runs its course within a week, contact your pediatrician if your child’s fever spikes or lasts longer than three days. In the meantime, relieve his discomfort with children’s ibuprofen and keep him home until the rash disappears.

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