Children are always susceptible to all kinds of common illnesses like colds, coughs, and other health conditions. If left unchecked, these minor illnesses can cause a major or, sometimes, catastrophic impact on their overall health. Preventing these instances is our main priority as parents. However, in desperate times, we need to face these conditions, and it is important to know what we need to do.
The American Academy of pediatrics or the AAP listed down some of the most common childhood illnesses that might affect our offspring. They also provided the best approach on how to treat these kinds of health conditions. Just a heads up, it is still better to consult medical practitioners so they can pinpoint the underlying cause of our child’s health issue. It is also recommended that we need to always get a hold with our medical insurance provider so we will know how far we can go.
As an adult, whenever we feel something in our stinging in our throat, we definitely get that annoying feeling. Now imagine the feeling that our kids get if they are experiencing a sore throat.
Sore Throat is typically caused by a virus. On rare occasions, this problem is also caused by a bacteria called streptococcal, which is often called Strep Throat. However, that doesn’t mean that they need antibiotics right away. Commonly, the symptoms go away on their own, and our kids should get better within seven to ten days.
Meanwhile, Strep can be determined by a lab test or an in-office rapid strep test. If the result turns positive, your pediatrician will prescribe antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria. Make sure your child takes the full course even if the symptoms go away.
Strep throat is not commonly seen in toddlers and babies. They can only be infected if they are exposed to other people exhibiting the illness. Make sure to keep your kids away when someone coughs or sneezes.
Colds are commonly caused by viruses living in our upper respiratory tract and can transfer via many means. Typically, children get infected with this illness around six to eight times in a year. Common symptoms can vary from a runny nose, congestion, and sometimes coughing. These signs are usually present and can last up to ten days.
Antibiotics aren’t a must when dealing with common colds. In most cases, kids can get through without any antibiotics. If parents suspect a sinus infection is present, your medical insurance provider and your health practitioner will do the necessary steps to ensure the next step to control the illness.
Bacterial sinusitis is often mistaken as a common cold since the two exhibit the same symptoms. Bacteria trapped in the sinuses are the leading cause of sinusitis, which causes the child to have a nasal discharge and daytime cough for ten days.
If this is the case, you might need antibiotics to battle out those nasty bacteria. If you noticed all the signs and symptoms of a common cold along with thick yellow nasal discharge and fever for three to four days straight, it might be best to consult your family doctor.
Coughing is a common health condition we see not only in kids but in adults as well. Normally, cough is our body’s natural reflex for clearing out foreign bodies and irritants such as dust and smoke off of our system. Cough isn’t necessarily a sign of something horribly serious in our body.
Just like any other health condition, a cough remedy doesn’t need any antibiotics. Also, we need to take into consideration the fact that cough medicines are not recommended for children under four years of age. Toddlers between four to six years of age should look for potential side-effects when dealing with cough medicines.
Understanding a certain degree of knowledge about medical conditions is very useful, especially when we are dealing with kids. However, if these symptoms didn’t go well, don’t hesitate and contact your family physician and see if they are within the network of your medical insurance.
Based on Materials from Healthy Children
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