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Young children’s immune systems are vulnerable to many environmental conditions and, therefore, are affected by many diseases easily. Timely identification of the illness helps to prevent a child from catching severe infections and diseases. As soon as you feel that your child is having difficulty coping with the changing weather or is getting irritated by the pain, the illness may cause take your child to the doctor and get him treated spontaneously.
Allergies are common in children, and the actual cause of these is unknown. Anything that a child eats or drinks can cause allergy. Even the environment in which a child lives can be the reason. Plants, dust, and medicines are some common causes of different allergies. These can affect a child’s eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It is not possible to control the allergies; however, the parents can identify the symptoms and provide treatment to their child before allergy becomes worse. If a child becomes allergic to a particular thing once, the same will cause allergy at the next exposure, as well. Therefore, it is necessary to identify the allergens and provide appropriate treatment before it gets worse.
Bladder and urinary tract infections
Bladder and urinary tract infections are usually caused by bacteria that affect the urinary tract. The infections can affect children of any age and may cause trouble for kidneys if these become worse. The infection occurs when the body bacteria enter the bladder. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect other parts of a urinary system; however, the bladder is the most common. A child flushes out the bacteria that live on the body when he/she urinates. However, in some instances, the body fails to flush the bacteria out, and it may cause UTI. The parents should take their child right away to the doctor if they fear that the child has developed a UTI. This would prevent the infection from spreading and save the child from severe pain. It may become difficult to identify bladder and urinary tract infections in very young children. They might not be able to tell you what is wrong with them. However, a child would show symptoms like fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss. So, when a child shows unexplained symptoms prefer taking the child to the doctor for a check-up.
Congestion and cough
Congestion and cough are the most commonly occurring problems in younger children, especially in the cold season. A child may feel difficulty breathing, eating, drinking, or even sleeping due to severe chest congestion and cough. A congested chest gathers excessive mucus and makes it feel clogged. It also makes a child cough, which makes it easy to throw the mucus out of the body. Congestion may also make a wheezing sound when a child breathes. Chest congestion may be a result of post-nasal drip in which the fluid rather than coming out of nose drops at the back of the throat and eventually fills up the chest. It may also cause a sore throat that makes a child cough excessively. Parents should take their child to a doctor as soon as they identify chest congestion to protect the child from serious health concerns.
Earache and ear infections
Along with many other problems that young children may suffer from, earache and ear infection are also among those. Earache and ear infection may affect a single ear at a time or both ears together. However, children may have mild to severe pain whenever there is an ear infection. Often children get a fever when they have an ear infection. Ear infection might cause temporary hearing impairment, and fluid may also drain if the infection becomes worse. The child may also feel difficulty sleeping at night and may feel irritated. The parents should make it a point to take their child to an ENT specialist in case of an earache and ear infection to avoid complete loss of the hearing ability.
In fever, the normal body temperature goes over a normal range of 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Fever is only a symptom and a sign that something is wrong with the body. As the body temperature keeps rising, the person feels shivers, till the temperature stops increasing and becomes stable. High body temperature is a way for our immune system to fight against infections. However, if the body temperature rises more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it might cause a severe problem for the child. A high temperature may make a child lethargic and vomit excessively. A child may also have a loss of appetite and dehydration. Fever caused by bacteria would need antibiotics and may, at times, even cause fits.
Though headaches in young children are common, however, they are not a serious matter. Headaches may be a cause of an infection, or a head injury or trauma. Paying attention to a child’s headache is essential, as it might lead to severe complications. A normal cause of a headache in children is tension. A minor proportion of children also experience migraine. However, it does not last as long as the migraine of an adult lasts. Consulting a doctor may be beneficial as a simple headache also can be a cause of a serious problem at a time. In rare cases, children may also have a severe head injury or a brain tumor that might be causing the headaches. Therefore, paying attention to the symptoms of headaches will help to lead a headache to a serious concern.
Young children often get mouth pain due to numeral reasons. Mouth sores, infections, and teething can be a few of the reasons. In older children, cavities can also be one of the causes of mouth. Examine the child’s mouth if the child complains of mouth pain. It is important to identify the cause before treating the child. A pediatrician will be able to check the child’s condition and will then suggest medicines. Most of the time, the pain is manageable; however, there might be times when the pain could be a result of a severe infection which may form pus, or make the wounds bleed. Consult your child’s doctor as soon you feel the child is having difficulty managing the pain or the infection becomes severe.
Bronchitis is the swelling of the airways that carry air to the lungs. A child, when infected with cold and flu, would recover from it in a couple of weeks. However, there are times when the condition becomes worse and affects the airways and produce excess mucus. Since the airway swells, it makes breathing difficult for a child. A weaker immune system is one of the causes of being affected. There are two forms of infection acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis lasts for a few weeks and does not cause a lot of problems. On the other hand, chronic bronchitis causes a severe problem and keeps returning. In both forms, the child would show the following symptoms cough, products of excessive mucus, shortness of breath, fever, and chills, and fatigue.
Asthma is the condition in which the airways become narrow. This makes a person difficult to breathe. An asthmatic child may experience shortness of breath with wheezing cough and chest tightening. The condition may vary from mild to severe and may affect the child accordingly. Certain children who become asthmatic at a very young age might become better as they grow up. However, others might develop severe symptoms, which might affect their entire life. Furthermore, children with severe symptoms may have difficulty in leading a very active and healthy life. Proper asthma management may reduce the effects and may help a child to cope with the difficulties of an asthma-attack. This involves identifying what triggers it and providing medicine at the right time to control it. Therefore, it is beneficial to take a child to a doctor if a child shows the signs. A doctor will be able to help the child in managing asthma so that it does not hamper the healthy routine of people.
Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
Young children often suffer from diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. There can be many reasons for that; however, the most common cause is an infection caused by rotavirus. Diarrhea is one of the ways through which the body gets rid of the germs that may enter the body. The condition may last for a few days to a week. However, diarrhea often occurs with fever, nausea, and vomiting. Diarrhea is a condition in which a child experiences watery stool accompanied by vomiting. This may, at times, reduce all the water present in the body. When diarrhea becomes worse, it may cause dehydration and may make a child physically weak. A child when starts to show signs of dehydration, the parents should immediately take the child to the doctor for necessary treatment.
Eye irritation, pink eye, and styes
Children of a very young age get eye infection very easily. As a result, the eyes irritate and may become pink and watery. When children touch their eyes with unclean hands styes appear on the edge of eyelids. A styes is red bump either at the edge of the eyelid or water line. Eye irritation and styes may make a child irritated and may even harm the eyesight. Parents should make a child wash hands regularly so that dirty hands do not touch the eyes and may not form infection. However, in case of an infection, a doctor should be consulted for treatment. Healthy habits will avoid eye irritation, pink eye, and styes to appear frequently.
Flu and cold
Though both flu and cold may seem similar, however, symptoms of cold are milder than flu. Flu makes your child have a running nose, head and body ache, chills, fever, sore throat, and even fatigue. Whereas, a child with a cold would only have a runny and stuffed nose. An antiviral drug for flu only works when provided within 48 hours of getting flu. The medicines reduce the effect of the virus, and if detected early, your child need not be given antibiotics. The presence of flu might make it difficult for the child even to breathe. He/ she might also be feeling breathless, specifically at night, and would not be able to sleep peacefully. Although flu nor cold have significant medical risks, however, these together can cause a lot of problem on the health of your little ones and can make them extremely lethargic. Therefore, if you don’t want your child to go through a painful experience, get him/ her tested, and get the urgent treatment right away.
Minor burns and cuts
A child while playing, running, or doing their artwork or other work may experience minor cuts or may at times burn their hands or other parts of the body. The parents should not worry about these minor burns and cuts. However, if not treated, these minor burns and cuts may get an infection, which might become troublesome for the child. Parents, therefore, should apply any anti-septic on the cuts and should keep the part burnt with cool water for about 15 minutes. People often by mistake, try using cold water, which harms the skin. If the skin burnt becomes loose, try not to peel it off. Rather let the skin be there, so the burnt part does not catch the infection. Using a clean gauze put an antibiotic so it may soothe the skin. Using over the counter pain relief medicines so the child may become irritated. If the condition becomes worse, the child should be taken to the doctor for treatment.
Parents may feel difficult identifying sinus infections and confuse it with cold or allergy. Many children experience cold during winters and may suffer from a stuffed and a running nose. However, a sinus infection may make leave a child with a headache and pain in the face. Sinus may affect after a cold as the immune system is weak and may easily get affected by the virus. Due to sinus, the child may have a cough, swollen eyes, and post-nasal drip and may also feel lethargic. It is necessary to take the child to the doctor before sinus starts affecting other areas and may make the infection sever.
Strep and sore throat
Though strep and sore throat are common in winters and for young children even in summer, ignoring them can cause problems for children. A strep and sore throat test can save children from severe issues. Your child would remain healthy and less likely to be affected by changing weather conditions. Strep throat, unlike sore throat, starts all of a sudden. It is accompanied by fever and lasts for more than a week. The throat is also red, and tonsils with white and yellow patches are visible. A strep throat test would help you identify whether your child is having a normal sore throat or a strep throat. A positive strep test would mean the presence of streptococcus, bacteria that causes strep throat. The presence of streptococcus would cause inflammation at the back of your child’s throat, making eating and drinking difficult. It would also be accompanied by high-grade fever, headache, and vomiting. A sore throat usually gets better in a week and does not need any medical treatment. However, strep throat would require proper medical care and the use of antibiotics. To treat strep throat timely, it is essential to identify it so that your child would not suffer in pain.