As a parent, it is important to know about the most common childhood infectious diseases to help safeguard your child’s health. From the common cold to more serious illnesses such as measles, chickenpox and mumps there are a variety of childhood infectious diseases and illnesses which can occur.
Colds and Flu
The most common childhood infectious disease is the cold. Cold is Chiledren suffer bugs at least six to eight times a year, and the viruses that cause the cold and flu can easily spread in school or nurseries.
A respiratory infection is any infection that affects the respiratory system, such as bronchitis, whooping cough and pneumonia. Pneumonia is a more severe infection and is particularly important to look out for in small children.
Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases are usually caused by bacteria entering the body and can cause a variety of other illnesses. Rotavirus is the most common form of the infection and is responsible for causing diarrhoea and vomiting. This is particularly dangerous in young children, and they should be taken to their doctor immediately if they show signs of dehydration.
Chickenpox is a very contagious virus and nearly every child will get it at some point in their childhood. It is important to note that after a child has had the infection, they can be immune to it in later life, so it is best to let them go through the natural process.
Measles can cause severe complications in children, including blindness, deafness and even death. It is important to vaccinate your child against measles as soon as possible.
By taking the necessary steps to protect your child against infection, you can ensure that they have a healthy and happy childhood. Talk to your doctor about the best way to safeguard your child from these common infectious diseases.