How to spot these symptoms in your child
Young kids are most likely to become infected by streptococcus bacteria if an older sibling has the illness. Strep spreads mainly through coughs and sneezes, your child can also get it by touching a toy that an infected kid has played with. Symptom is throat pain, which can be so severe that he may have trouble swallowing or even talking. They may develop a fever, swollen lymph nodes, and abdominal pain. Seek your doctors advice as always.
There seems to be an increase in this of late which is unusual as we associated it with many years ago.Scarlet fever usually begins looking like bad sunburn with tiny bumps and it may itch. The rash usually appears first on the neck and face, often leaving a clear unaffected area around the mouth. It spreads to the chest and back, then to the rest of the body. In body creases, especially around the underarms and elbows, the rash forms classic red streaks. Areas of rash usually turn white when you press on them. By the sixth day, the rash usually fades, but the affected skin may begin to peel. Other symptoms include a reddened sore throat, and a fever above (38.3°C), and swollen glands in the neck. The tonsils and back of the throat may be covered with a whitish coating, or appear red, swollen, and dotted with whitish or yellowish specks of pus. Again medical attention is required.
This is another skin infection is most common in younger children. It starts when strep bacteria gets in a cut, scratch, or bite.
It can affect any area of the body but happens most often around the mouth nose, and hands. Babies sometimes get the irritation in their diaper area. Symptoms include small blisters that burst. Touching or scratching the sores, which can be itchy, spreads impetigo to other parts of the body and to other people. You will need an antibiotic cream. Consult your doctor again.
Much different to the common cold, sniffles, runny days, cough the the flu comes on hard and fast: a fever of up to 103℉, body aches and chills, a headache, sore throat, cough, and sometimes also vomiting and diarrhea. It's a miserable wintertime illness that often lasts for more than a week and can lead to dangerous complications, including pneumonia.
Most childhood illnesses run their course without any big worries. But for some symptoms you may need to call your local doctor. Watch for:
- Dehydration Your child may have sunken eyes.Watch out for babies tell tale signs a sunken fontanel, or soft spot on his head.Your child might be extremely tired the mouth might be sticky. Also beware if they are urinating fewer than three or four times a day. In babies -watch out for dry nappies or very little wet nappies.
- High fever In newborns, any high tempeture requires attention. For infants 3 to 6 months old, phone if the fever hits 101℉; for older babies and children, the threshold is 103℉.
- Not eating It's normal for a sick child to have little interest in food. But if your child is eating or drinking less than half of what she normally would for two days or longer, check in with your doctor.