COULD ENDANGER YOUR CHILD
overused, antibiotics increase the risk of drug resistant infection.
pressure your pediatrician to prescribe an antibiotic.
possible, take a culture. Most respiratory illnesses aren't due to
but to viruses, which aren't affected by antibiotics. Today, bacteria
be detected from throat swabs within five minutes in many instances.
a test takes overnight, wait for the results before starting
antibiotics are begun, continue them for the full length of treatment
if symptoms abate. A shorter course may allow the more resistant
of the common communicable diseases that affect children are familiar
that pass easily from one person to another, such as CHICKEN POX,
and MUMPS. These ailments are usually harmless in children but can be
in certain cases, for example, GERMAN MEASLES in pregnancy or chicken
in an adult. Communicable diseases are diagnosed by characteristic
blood tests are not usually necessary. Today, there ere immunizations
avoid some of these illnesses like whooping cough, measles, mumps and
is a brief look at a few of the more common diseases:
- Signs and symptoms of measles include fever, coughing,
tiny white spots on the lining of the cheek and a rash. This infection
usually lasts from ten days to two weeks and treatment may include
and bed rest until the fever subsides. Acetaminophen and cough medicine
may also be given for the fever and cough.
- The signs of mumps are swollen, painful salivary glands, fever,
and fatigue. The symptoms usually appear two to three weeks after the
infections begin, and may be quite uncomfortable. However, it is not
a serious disease and symptoms should not last more than two weeks.
is no specific treatment for mumps, although your doctor may prescribe
bed rest until the fever disappears and isolation to prevent the spread
of the disease.
POX - The signs of chicken pox include fever, weakness and red
rash. Chicken pox usually lasts for less than two weeks and is treated
by isolation, frequent cleaning of the skin and cool, wet compresses to
relieve itching. Occasionally antihistamines are used to treat itching
along with calamine lotion.
of the above diseases are quite common and not cause for serious
however your child should see a doctor for any illness.
can you tell if your fussy baby is sick or just cranky? Many parents
agree that preschool children get sick with amazing frequency and
its hard to tell exactly what's wrong. Your five year old may be able
tell you that she doesn't feel well but cannot articulate anything more
are some signs that will help you determine whether or not your child
fever is a rectal temperature of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit (F)
an oral temperature of more than 100 degrees (F). A fever is one of the
body's methods of fighting infection.
your child seems to be sleeping more than usual, this is sign of
It is another method the body uses to fight infection.
breathing and coughing are common with upper respiratory infections.
a sick child will not feel like eating as much. It is a normal response
and nothing to worry about.
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