Top 5 Health Concerns for Children

Every parent has concerned about their child’s health and safety. They always want that their child stays healthy and diseases free. Our 21st – century children face an array of challenges related with many health problems such as physical stress, mental stress, pain, ache, obesity, and many more. Young children seem to be constantly catching something like infection, diseases because they come more in contact with others. In this article, we are going to tell you the most common 5 health concerns for children that need to be addressed. It is important for children to get regular checkup with health care provider.

Allergies 

Allergies in childrenAllergies happen due to weak immune system. If your child has weak immune system, chances are high that he/she may get any allergy easily. It happens when the immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are generally not harmless to most people such as food, juice, insect stings, dust mites, animals and pollen. Some children have allergies with food while some have allergies with non-food items such as from environmental and household things. Young children generally affect by non-food allergy. If you are not sure about the reason of your child’s reaction, there are some chances that it could be caused by food allergy. It is best to consult your doctor before trying some home remedies.

Cold, cough and infection Cold, cough and infection in children

It is common in children to get cold, cough and infection easily. Cough is more common symptom in children which caused by cold. Usually, cough is not serious but takes time to completely go away from your body. If you child is breathing, eating, drinking and feeding normally, cough is not anything to worry about. But if your child has a bad cough that won’t go away, you need to check your doctor. Cough can become a serious problem if you child has asthma or pneumonia problem. Cold and flu is a viral infection which can lead to sore throat. Your child throat may be dry before a day when cold starts. Most sore throats clear up in few days on their own but some take time. Cold is also common in young children and it can remain for six to seven days normally. You need to increase the amount of fluids that your child drink, use saline nose drops and a good hygiene to protect your child from these diseases.

Ear infection 

Ear infection in childrenEar infection is common in small children and babies. It can also lead high temperature and cold to your child. Babies are unable to tell you that they are suffering from pain, they just start crying but small child may start pulling and rubbing the ear. Most ear infections caused by viruses which can’t be treated with antibiotics. They will get better themselves after few time. Do not put any oil, cotton and eardrops in your child’s ear until your doctor advises you to do so. Ear infection can cause hear problem, your child may not hear properly for some days. But if the problems remain continue for a long period, see your child to a doctor.

Diarrhea and vomiting Diarrhea and vomiting in children

Diarrhea and vomiting is really a serious problem and if it remains for long time it can cause some serious illness. Generally vomiting stops in three days and diarrhea usually lasts five to seven days and stops after two weeks. Diarrhea in babies describe frequent, watery stools and repeated passing of unformed stools. Diarrhea and vomiting can be caused due to stomach bug, viral infection, food poising and eating something that you may have an allergy with. Diarrhea commonly caused by a virus and stomach bug. You need to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, maintain good hygiene and if you child is on solid food, be guided by their appetite.

Croup 

croup in childrenCroup is a childhood condition which affects the windpipe and the airways to the lungs. A child with croup has a distinctive barking cough and will make a harsh sound when they breathe in. A blocked airway can also lead to harsh voice. Croup can be treated by doctor as well as home. You need to see your doctor if your child has problem in breathing, trouble in swallowing and your child’s breastbone sucks in when your child breathe in.