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What You Must Know About Kids Diseases

Introduction

Let’s face it, if you have kids, you’ll be worried for most of the time that they will get sick because of one thing or the other. There are so many minor and major diseases kids can get infected with these days. And if they are young, they want to be out there exploring the world. They don't want to be cooped up in the house afraid of something that might sprout up. There are a few pointers for diseases kids are endangered by and a way to counter them rather than panicking.

History

The first thing you need to know about the diseases kids can pick up is that they are most likely to do just that, pick them up. Most of these illnesses are contagious. So always know that it might not be the kid but the environment itself that can endanger him. Kids will find germs wherever they go -- the playground, the football field, classrooms, everywhere. And if they’re young, kids love to touch and explore. One thing you should know about kids diseases is that panicking never helps because they’ll be unpredictable most of the time. You send a healthy 10-year old off to school, and he might come back with a cough and a runny nose because he shook hands with someone who had a severe flu. The trick is hygiene and a strong immune system. The latter can be achieved when your kid gets vitamins and minerals, meaning he should eat his vegetables and drink his milk. These foods build up an immune system whereas junk food will only make kids fat and prone to disease.

Features

Another thing you should know is that there are some diseases kids will pick up no matter what. This is because their antibodies are impartial to those illnesses. Some of them are mumps, measles and chicken pox. It is also good to know about some diseases that your child might have had since birth, like asthma and, in some extreme cases, cardiac and skin-related illnesses. It is good to watch your family tree to see what diseases you might have passed onto them. Another important thing to remember is that there are many diseases. Some are new, and some old ones are not too well known, yet are common. Ignoring symptoms can be fatal. The RSV, hand, foot and mouth disease, croup, impetigo, the whooping cough, Reye’s syndrome, scarlet fever and the “fifth disease” are some such diseases. Fifth disease symptoms are often mistaken as a simple cold, so it is good to know the symptoms well and to also know that they can be similar for many diseases.

Tips and comments

Another thing parents need to be careful about regarding the diseases kids can suffer from is to know when to panic. Some diseases might be controllable or common otherwise but can be fatal if they reach some extremity. This is the case of mumps, which can lead to meningitis and sterility. So anything out of the ordinary should ring a bell at once.

By Maryam Cheema, published at 02/07/2012
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