The Common Health Problems That Might Affect Your Children

There are many health conditions that are more likely to strike young children. As a parent, it’s a good idea to be aware of these things. When you know what symptoms to be looking out for, you become more secure in your abilities to handle problems. Most of the problems that children get when they’re young are perfectly normal and easy to treat. But we all know that parents have a tendency to worry about their children, which is understandable. So, here are some of the most common health problems that might affect your children.

Allergies and Intolerances
There are so many different allergies and intolerances that can emerge during childhood. And it’s usually a case of trial and error. You can’t really be aware of an allergy that a child has until they experience an allergic reaction. Many children can be allergic to nuts, dairy and other food products. But it’s not just about what they eat and drink. Things like poppy seeds, bee stings and pollen are all common causes of allergies too. They can all be treated and prevented once you’re aware of the allergies they have. But sometimes it can be difficult to work out precisely what is causing the problem in the first place.

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Head Lice
This is a pretty disgusting and nasty problem, even if there are no serious implications for your child’s health. Head lice are common in children because when one child gets it, it can spread very easily to other children. The spreading of the problem is something that tends to happen in schools where children are interacting and playing with each other. The best way to treat it is to keep them away from school, buy a head lice hair cleaning product and comb out the problem. You should keep their hair away from yours, and anyone else’s in the family until the problem is sorted.

Chickenpox is one of the most common childhood problems. It’s something that you can only get once in your lifetime, and most people get it as children. It’s actually seen as a good thing in many ways when a child gets chickenpox. That’s because it is much safer if a child gets the illness when they’re young. The side effects of getting it as an adult can be much more serious. It causes red itchy patches on the skin, and it can be very distressing and uncomfortable for the child. It’s treated by alleviating the symptoms, such as the itching. And they need to be kept away from other children to stop it spreading.

Dental Problems
When they’re young, your child’s teeth are still developing. As they grow up, their baby teeth will fall out, and new ones grow. This can cause pain and discomfort. And it’s just one of the many dental problems that your child can face when he or she is young. There are many other things that can be causing toothache. You can find out more about the causes of a toothache by looking at this information from Carefree Dental. Other problems include mouth ulcers and badly aligned teeth that have to be treated with braces. Making sure your child has a regular checkup with a doctor is important. They will be able to pick up on any issues quickly.

If someone has asthma, it’s something that usually appears first of all during childhood. This is something that you will need to be aware if you’re going to pick up on the symptoms. There are many different types and levels of severity when it comes to asthma. Some are more serious than others. But as long as they problem is treated and attacks can be handled with an inhaler, it’s certainly a manageable condition. Coughing, problems with breathing, tightness in the chest and wheezing are all symptoms of asthma. It’s important to get a diagnosis from a doctor if you suspect your child has asthma.

This is one of the most serious conditions to be aware of. There are two kinds of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. The number of type 2 diabetes cases in children is on the rise as a result of poor diets and a lack of exercise. But the type 1 diabetes is the type of diabetes that affects children most. This is an inherited disease that can be passed on through genes. Therefore, there’s nothing that can be done to prevent it, and its symptoms usually appear in childhood. It’s chronic, meaning that it has to be managed for the rest of their life. Feeling tired, thirsty, urinated more often and weight loss are all symptoms to be aware of.

The flu can hit children hard because they don’t have the developed immune system to fight it properly. This can make them very sick, even though they will usually be able to fight it off eventually. Younger children are most at risk, and that’s why the advice is to get your children vaccinated. The flu vaccination should prevent the flu, and even if it doesn’t, the symptoms will be less severe. It’s much better than letting your child get the flu and have them become seriously ill for a period of time. Make sure they get the flu in advance of flu season because it takes a couple of weeks to take effect.


Common Cold
When children are young, they can get a common cold up to four or five times a year. It is much more common in childhood than it is in adulthood. The best way to treat a common cold is through the usual methods. You need to let them rest and give them lots of fluids. This should battle the fever, coughs and sore throats. Saline drops can help if they have a blocked noses. Within a week, your child should be pretty much back to normal and over the worst of the cold. If it lasts for much longer than that, it might be time to take them to a doctor for further inspection.


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About Leilani Gamboa

Lai is mommy to two boys. A breastfeeding advocate, a part time blogger, and works as Virtual Assistant since 2013. Coffeeholic, make-up enthusiast, planner junkie.
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