Childhood Illness - The Basics
Healthy young children have up to 12 infections each year. These are a normal part of childhood. As a parent or caregiver you deal with these but you may worry about missing a serious illness. There is no foolproof system to tell you whether or not your child is seriously ill. Knowing your child and seeing a change in your child's behaviour could be the most important clue.
Colds and fever are a normal part of childhood. Sometimes families worry about missing a more serious illness. Knowing your child and seeing a change in their behaviour could be the most important clue to how sick they are.
Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses.
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Fevers are common in children. Fever by itself does not tell you whether your child is seriously sick. Even an ordinary cold can cause a high fever.
The most common reason for a child to have a raised temperature is because they are fighting off an infection.
Know the signs and the different noises babies and children can make when they are having trouble breathing. That way you can act fast and get help.
Children and infants who are not responding and not breathing normally will need CPR.
Febrile seizures are a common childhood problem. Seizures with a fever are more common in children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years.