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Dealing with Common Childhood Illnesses

Dealing with Common Childhood Illnesses | Gargash Hospital



Dealing with Common Childhood Illnesses | Gargash Hospital

One of the first challenges that arises in parenthood is dealing with common childhood illnesses at home. This practical guide provides tips for dealing with colds, flu, and stomach bugs. Learn to recognise the symptoms, administer home comfort measures, and when one should seek medical attention. We focus on the need for rest, water and food in recovery, and we merge treatment with comfort and trust. 

8 Common Childhood Illnesses

Gargash Hospital stands at the forefront of medical innovation, utilizing the latest technologies to diagnose and treat common paediatric diseases and discomforts. Here is a brief overview of the 8 common childhood illnesses and their preventive measures. 

1) Sore throat:

A sore throat, which is one of the most common childhood diseases, usually presents with pain, irritation or itching in the neck. It may be caused by viral or bacterial infections that are pronounced while swallowing. If symptoms remain or you develop a high fever, a medical consultation becomes necessary.

2) Gastroenteritis:

Gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu, is a condition that leads to inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Viruses are the primary cause, but bacteria and parasites may also be responsible. The symptoms are diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach aches and fever. As for the treatment of the sickness, a child in particular could easily become dehydrated.

3) Common cold:

One of the most common respiratory viral infections is a cold. Indicators include a runny and stuffy nose, a sore throat, sneezing, a slight fever and fatigue. As there is no special treatment for the common cold, efforts are mainly directed at helping to alleviate the symptoms. Discomfort management can include rest, hydration and OTC medications to relieve pain and fever.

4) Earache:

Sources of earaches in children can be multifaceted, such as middle ear infections (otitis media), swimmer's ear infections (outer ear infections), or common colds. The symptoms usually include pain in the ear, irritability and sometimes a loss of hearing. In the event of a bacterial infection, antibiotics might be required. Yet, most earaches, especially the ones caused by viruses, went away without treatment. It is necessary to consult an appropriate medical professional for accurate assessment and management, especially where the manifestations are intense or chronic.

5) Skin infections:

Children develop skin infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites that are common due to their active lifestyle and curiosity. The signs also vary depending on the infection type but can include redness, itching, rashes or occasionally pain. Simple infections are treated using over-the-counter antiseptic creams. Due to this, an individual should maintain good hygiene and see a Paediatrician if the symptoms last or are severe, because some skin infections may become raging or spread unless treatment is provided.

6) Bacterial sinusitis:

In children, bacterial sinusitis refers to an infection of the sinuses by bacteria. It generally occurs after a cold or some other form of respiratory infection. Signs of the illness include thick nasal discharge, occasionally with fever, facial pain or pressure, and a cough that persists for more than ten days. The pain in the face is relieved by warm compresses. So, take antibiotics to treat the bacterial inoculation. Additionally, a humidifier and sufficient fluids may help lessen symptoms and promote sinus drainage.

7) Bronchitis:

In children, bronchitis commonly follows a cold or another respiratory infection in the resulting inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Signs and symptoms include a continuous cough, which may involve mucus, wheezing, and chest tightness, sometimes accompanied by a low-grade fever. The majority of cases are the result of viruses, and antibiotics do not work in such cases. Medications sold over the counter may be prescribed for fever and pain. Keeping track of symptoms and going to a doctor is necessary.

8) Urinary tract infections:

Any part of the urinary system can be affected by UTIs in children. Symptoms are typically pain during urination, an increased frequency of the need to urinate, and sometimes abdominal pain accompanied by fever. UTIs can be bacterial and are more frequent among girls. Timely diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics are necessary to prevent the expansion of infection into the kidneys. UTIs can be prevented by regular hygiene and ensuring children fully empty their bladders. In this case, further medical investigations are recommended.

When to seek medical attention?

Early intervention is essential in cases where symptoms are more severe than normal and persist for too long, or if there are signs such as a high fever, a constantly painful illness, breathing problems, dehydration signs, etc., professional medical attention is mandatory. Moreover, any uncharacteristic symptoms that are disruptive to the child's well-being require a visit to the physician. Timely medical care ensures proper diagnosis and treatment, thus minimising complications.

Conclusion

In the management of common childhood illnesses at home, early detection and prompt treatment are critical. Quick recognition of the symptoms and the utilisation of appropriate home remedies in time can prevent conditions from getting worse, thus ensuring a faster recovery. But equally crucial is knowing when home treatments are not enough and medical intervention is needed. Prompt and efficient treatment of such diseases not only promotes quick recovery but also ensures the health and fitness of the child in the future. 

Gargash Hospital stands as a beacon of compassionate medical care. Renowned for its specialist doctors, commitment to excellence, and use of advanced medical technologies, Gargash guarantees the well-being of our little ones, offering specialized treatment for common childhood illnesses. Visit our hospital and ensure the comfort of your kids.