You need to think about many things when avoiding parental stress and just trying to tick all the boxes. From work to grocery shopping to looking after your kids, it feels like there’s never any time to relax. 

And speaking of tracking care of your kids, you’re always worried if (or more like when) they will get sick. This issue is something all parents should be aware of. Kids get sick, especially between the ages of four and seven. So, what are the most common illnesses parents should know about to help their kids get better? 

Why Do Kids Get Sick So Often? 

You might have noticed that children get sick much more frequently than adults, but why? Here are five reasons kids feel under the weather so often.

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Poor Immune Systems 

Kids’ immune systems are not as developed as adults, especially if they haven’t had all their shots. This issue is arguably the biggest reason why children under ten years are so susceptible to sickness, so do what you can to get them vaccinated for common childhood illnesses. This can introduce their bodies to diseases and encourage their immune system to fight them off, ensuring better protection in the future. 

School Or Daycare Exposure 

Another reason kids get sick so often is because of exposure at daycare or school. Since kids can carry illnesses without realizing it, other kids might pass on illnesses to your child, especially in the close confines of a classroom or the playground. Likewise, illness can spread quickly, so it only takes one child to have the sniffles to infect multiple children in their class. 

Developing Allergies 

However, it isn’t always other kids or a lack of vaccinations that can affect your children. Parents do not know their kids are allergic to certain foods, such as nuts or dairy until they eat them. As your child grows up and is exposed to these foods, they may get sick through their developing allergies. It’s important to pay close attention to any reactions they have when they eat something and book a doctor’s appointment. 

Not Knowing Their Limits 

Any parent knows that their kids struggle to regulate themselves. They can get too excited and run around with their friends, which leads to exhaustion and dehydration. They might also overindulge on candy or soda, which can make them sick and give them tummy troubles. This is a common reason your kids get sick, so try to teach them to control themselves, even if they want to have fun or celebrate. 

Lack Of Hygiene Knowledge 

Kids also don’t have the same hygiene knowledge as adults or are more interested in playing or getting back to their friends that they won’t wash their hands as sufficiently as they could. This can cause problems, especially when they’re playing outside, as they might transfer germs and bacteria onto other kids or their food, which may make them sick. As their parents, you should show them how to wash their hands thoroughly to encourage excellent hygiene habits. 

Common Childhood Illnesses 

Some kids may encounter various illnesses, but there are several diseases and conditions parents can look out for. They are more common and therefore easier to find solutions for so you can ease your stress and help your kids feel better. 

Sore Throat 

You know how painful a sore throat can be, but it can be even worse for kids since younger children may not be able to articulate what is wrong. Usually, sore throats are caused by a virus, so they do not require antibiotics. Instead, your child should feel better within the next ten days. Despite this, infections called strep throat are more serious. This illness would require tests and specialist treatment using antibiotics. You will need to take your child to the doctor and feed them soft foods that don’t cause more discomfort. 

Eczema 

Eczema is another common illness for kids. There are various causes, too, which include certain soaps, materials, and even pet hair and dander. It is easy to treat, but it can be uncomfortable and itchy, which might affect your child’s focus at school or make it difficult to sleep. You need to be careful of some types, like eye eczema, as this could spread and cause other issues that require more serious medical attention. 

Chicken Pox 

It’s safe to assume that every child gets chicken pox. Usually, this happens when they get to school as other kids could pass on the infection and will spread. Like eczema, it causes discomfort and itchiness, and your child may experience symptoms that are similar to the flu. However, you should be able to determine whether they have chicken pox because of the blisters. Anti-blister creams can help, as can keeping your kids hydrated and using over-the-counter pain relief to mitigate the pain. 

Earache 

Earaches are another common illness your kid might encounter as they grow up. It can be caused by infections, ‘swimmer’s ear’ or colds. If your child complains about ear pain, take them to the doctor immediately for a test. The doctor will be able to determine what is wrong and can prescribe medicine. The most effective treatment against earache is Amoxicillin, but only if your child is not allergic to penicillin. Despite this, some issues are caused by a virus so antibiotics won’t be of any use. Instead, the doctor can give you expert advice on helping your child get better and prevent further problems. 

UTIs 

You can get a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) at any age, but kids might have a harder time with it because it can make it difficult to go to the bathroom. Even when they’ve managed to go, they might still feel the need to go, or it might burn. UTIs are caused by infections in the bladder or kidneys and your pediatrician can prescribe suitable antibiotics. For home remedies, cranberry juice can help to flush out toxins and make it easier to go to the bathroom. These infections can last for a few days at most, and usually clear up within a day. 

Skin Infections 

Children with skin infections could experience severe pain, and the problem can get out of hand if you don’t get it treated quickly. It’s important to encourage your children to clean any wounds, especially after playing outside, and keep them protected. You can also show them how to clean cuts or scrapes. If the infection persists, take them to the doctor to get a skin swab and identify the problem. 

Bronchitis 

Although bronchitis is more common in adults (especially smokers), it can also affect kids if they live somewhere where the air quality is poor or if you or anyone else in the household smokes. The pollutants can get into the lungs and cause heavy, frequent coughing. Bronchitis is a chest virus, so you don’t need antibiotics, but your doctor can recommend other treatments and suggest improving the environment to help your child feel better. 

Cold and Flu 

Parents expect colds and the flu to happen. Whether your child picks it up from school or while with friends. They can even happen while out in public if you go to the supermarket. It’s best to know how to treat a fever so your child can take a few days off from school and let them rest and recover. You can also purchase a child’s cold medicine to alleviate symptoms and help them get more comfortable. They shouldn’t go to school while they’re visibly ill or infected, as they might transmit the infection to others. 

Cough 

Likewise, the common cough is not something to worry about too much. But it can cause pain and discomfort. It could be related to bronchitis or a sore throat, but it could also be due to a virus that’s going around. Coughs shouldn’t require any antibiotics to treat and many go away by themselves. You can buy cough medicine to soothe the throat, but this will not be suitable for children aged four years and under because the medicine is not effective enough. Your doctor can offer alternative solutions. 

Measles 

If you’re yet to get your child their MMR shots, you must do it as soon as possible. This can avoid measles complications as well as mumps and rubella. The symptoms of measles include a runny nose, aches and pains, and swollen eyes among other physical evidence. If your child catches measles, treat them with child aspirin to relieve the pain and keep them off school for at least a week from the first day they show symptoms.

Overcoming Illnesses 

Every parent knows their kids are going to get sick. They also know there’s not much they can do to prevent it other than keeping them hidden in their room. This is not a solution that works for anyone though, so it’s better to know what to do when your kids get sick and how to recognize some of the more serious cases to ensure they get back to their best happy self as soon as possible.

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