Sometimes it may be very difficult to find out what might be the cause for your child illness, because they cannot tell you what is happening to them. So many symptoms are associated with different medical conditions. Most of the childhood illnesses are preventable if you recognize the symptoms early. So the following signs and symptoms may be helpful for you in identifying the cause for childhood illnesses:
If you observe any of these symptoms, make sure to consult your pediatrician.
· Bronchitis: It is an airway infection. Sometimes it may lead to pneumonia.
o Signs and Symptoms: dry cough, mild chest pain, uncomfortable respiration, mild fever, and wheezing.
· Cold sores: These are usual viral infections which cause childhood illness, and very contagious. Usually, mouth, lips, and sometimes genitals are also getting affected. In very rare cases, the eye cornea is also affected.
o Signs and symptoms: Eruption of blisters is grouped together; Blisters would be surrounded by the reddened tissue, redness and pain at the affected area, If eye is affected, there is redness and pain with the eye, sensitivity and discomfort of eye to the light.
· Chickenpox: This is too contagious. This is a viral disease, commonly mild in childhood.
o Sign and symptoms: Mild fever, skin blisters or eruptions, which appear on the body sometimes they may also occur in mouth, penis, nose, head and the vagina, illness for 24 to 48 hours.
· Cradle cap: This can be caused by overstimulation of the oil glands in children’s skin and causes yellow encrustation on child’s scalp.
o Signs and symptoms: Yellowish, thick scales on child’s scalp, and associated redness and itching and discomfort in extreme cases.
· Ear Blockage: This occurs due to the overproduction of wax by the glands in outer ear.
o Signs and symptoms: Decreased visibility and hearing, decreased quantities of wax in the canal of ear, rarely pain in ear, and ringing in ear.
· Infection in the middle ear: These are usually associated with either bacterial or viral infections that invade the ear from throat and nose.
o Signs and symptoms: Pulling in the ear, earache, irritability, mild fever, and hearing loss, increased fever can lead to febrile convolution.
· Intestinal worms: Usual intestinal worm causes childhood illnesses such as: threadworm, roundworm and tapeworm. Worms are the intestinal parasites, which have several bleeding cycles.
o Signs and symptoms: weight loss, loss of appetite, irritation, nocturnal grinding of teeth, restless sleep, diarrhea, rarely abdominal cramps, and cough.
· Tonsillitis or pharyngitis: This is the inflammation of lymph tissues that is at the back of throat. This is contagious and it would cased by either bacterial or viral infections.
o Signs and symptoms: Throat pain, fever, chills, difficulty in swallowing, earache, headache and rarely cough.