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Common Childhood Infections

A guide to common infections affecting children, including chickenpox, AIDS, hepatitis, hand foot mouth disease, scarlet fever and many more.
  1. Immune System Problems
  2. Immunizations
  3. Sore Throats
  4. Sexually Transmitted Dis...
  5. Cold and Flu
  6. Whooping Cough
  7. Vac Preventable Infections (35)
  8. Chicken Pox (16)
  9. Croup (6)
  10. Ear Infections (7)
  11. Head Lice (24)
  12. MRSA (21)
  13. Pneumonia (6)
  14. Ringworm (12)
  15. RSV (8)
  16. Salmonella (10)
  17. Scabies (7)
  18. STDs (8)
  19. Pictures (28)
  20. West Nile Virus Update (9)
  21. Food Poisoning (8)
  22. Kids and the Flu (118)

Current Outbreaks and Alerts
Information about the latest outbreaks of infectious disease, from hepatitis A to MERS, that could be a risk to your kids.

Naegleria fowleri
Naegleria fowleri is a deadly parasite that can infect children during the summer in warm, stagnant water.

Emerging Infections and Disease Outbreaks
Being aware of emerging infectious diseases, such as MERS-CoV, Ebola, and Zika fever, etc., can help to make sure that we don't miss the next global pandemic.

Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases
Ticks can transmit more diseases than just Lyme disease. Learn the symptoms and treatments for common tick-borne diseases and how you can protect your kids.

Childhood Infections
Childhood infections, including ear infections, skin infections, and colds and flu, are common reasons for a visit to the pediatrician.

Travel Health - Health and Travel Tips for Parents
Pediatricians and parents have increasingly needed to brush up on their travel health knowledge, as more and more people travel to places once thought to be rather exotic or off limits. Get travel health tips before your next trip, such as which vaccines and medicines your kids might need, to help reduce the risk that your kids get sick.

Names of Common Childhood Infections
Fifth disease seems like an especially odd name, but it makes sense when you consider the history of pediatrics and that erythema infectiosum was also given the name fifth disease because it was the fifth childhood infection that was known to produce a fever and rash.

Childhood Infection Counts
In addition to the flu, you can view activity reports on many other childhood infections, including RSV, rotavirus, adenovirus, and human parainfluenza virus.

Mono
Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, is a common childhood infection that can cause a severe sore throat, fever, and swollen glands. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatments for kids with mono.

Lyme Disease
Understanding more about Lyme disease can help you to recognize and prevent a Lyme disease infection in your child and may also help you avoid confusing Lyme disease with other more common childhood infections.

Norovirus - Symptoms and Prevention
Norovirus is a common cause of vomiting and diarrhea and is notorious for causing outbreaks on cruise ships. It is also causes outbreaks in schools and daycares, which makes it important to learn about norovirus symptoms and how you can prevent infections.

Pinworms
Pinworms can cause rectal itching, but can be easily treated with Vermox or Pin-X.

Roseola
Roseola is a common viral infection of early childhood and commonly causes a high fever which is followed by a rash once the fever breaks.

Pneumonia
Review the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of pneumonia in children.

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand Foot and Mouth (HFM) disease is a common viral infection of early childhood that cause mouth ulcers and blisters on a child's hands and feet.

Whooping Cough
Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for pertussis or whooping cough, which can cause severe coughing spells in children and teens.

Is Bronchitis Contagious?
Learn more about bronchitis, including the symptoms of bronchitis and whether or not bronchitis is contagious.

Controlling Crypto Outbreaks
As crypto infections becomes more common, it is likely something you want to learn more about though, both so you can avoid it and so that you can recognize the symptoms if your kids catch it.

Tetanus
Tetanus is a vaccine preventable infection that is caused by the Clostridium tetani bacteria. Unvaccinated children can develop symptoms of tetanus about two weeks after getting a wound that is contaminated by tetanus bacteria, leading to painful muscle spasms.

Crypto Myths and Facts
Understanding more about crypto, including common myths and facts, can help this common summertime infection from spreading too far within a community.

Cryptosporidium
Cryptosporidiosis, an infection with the Cryptosporidium parasite, can follow drinking contaminated water and often leads to a few weeks of diarrhea, stomach cramps, and nausea. Learn about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of crypto infections.

Rotavirus Update
Outbreaks of rotavirus infections usually occur each year, leading to several days or a week of diarrhea and vomiting. Get an update on how well the RotaTeq rotavirus vaccine has been working and what happened during the 2007 to 2008 rotavirus season.

Measles - What You Need to Know About Measles
Despite having measles in their target for elimination, measles is unfortunately still a big killer around the world and their continue to be small outbreaks in the United States. Learn about the common symptoms of measles so you can recognize if your child gets sick with this highly contagious infection.

Vaccine Preventable Illnesses
Vaccines have done such a good job of controlling diseases in developed countries, such as the United States, that parents sometimes forget just how important they are and what life would be like without them. Learn about how current vaccines and past vaccination programs have now controlled 10 major infectious diseases.

Whoping Cough
Whoping cough is a common misspelling for whooping cough.

Summer Time Infections
There are many infections that are common in the late spring and summer, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and enteroviral infections. All can affect children.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Unlike Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is not well known by patients or pediatricians. This is unfortunate, since complications can be serious, like gangrene, and it can be fatal, especially if treatment is not started early.

Cold Sores
Surprisingly to parents, cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), but when it occurs in younger children with a cold sore on their lips or around their mouth, it is not necessarily the same as a genital herpes infection that a teen or adult might have. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments for kids with cold sores.

Rotovirus
Rotovirus is a common misspelling for rotavirus, although some people consider it an alternative spelling.

Cat Scratch Fever
Cat scratch fever or cat scratch disease, as it is also known, is a fairly common, although not well known infectious disease in children. It follows a scratch, lick, or bite by a kitten or cat, causing a slowly enlarging lymph gland, among other symptoms. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of children with cat scratch fever.

Parenting Tips
Submit your parenting tips for coping with common issues and problems related to parenting a child with an infection. What works for you when your child has a cold, strep throat, or other common infections?

Impetigo
Learn how to diagnosis and treat children with impetigo, a bacterial skin infection that typically causes honey colored crusted lesions.

Rotavirus
Rotavirus is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in children, causing vomiting, diarrhea, fever. Learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention of rotavirus infections.

Strep Throat Tests
Review some of the ways that your Pediatrician can test your child for strep throat, including rapid strep tests and strep cultures.

Swimmer's Ear - Otitis Externa
Learn how to prevent and treat children with Swimmer's Ear.

Prolonged Fever - Fever of Unknown Origin
Review what to do about a child who has a prolonged fever and is not getting any better.

RSV
Learn the basics of RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus infections and bronchiolitis.

Ear Infections and Language Development
Ear infections are common in children and can cause symptoms of ear pain, fever, trouble sleeping and irritability. Learn about treatments for acute otitis media, otitis media with effusion (fluid), and how ear infections can affect hearing and language learning.

Rabies
Review the ways that a child can get rabies.

Strep Throat Symptoms
Review why a child being treated with antibiotics for strep throat might start coughing.

The Mumps Outbreak
Learn more about the latest mumps outbreak in Iowa, including the symptoms of mumps, and see if your kids are at risk for getting mumps.

Croup
Croup is a common childhood illness that causes a croupy cough that sounds like a barking seal, stridor and difficulty breathing. Learn the signs, symtoms and common treatments for croup so that you know what to do if your child wakes up barking.

Antibiotics - Why don't they work anymore?
With recent ear and sinus infections, my son has had to be on 2 or 3 different antibiotics to get rid of each infection. Why don't antibiotics work anymore? And does it matter which antibiotic my child takes?

Chickenpox
Chickenpox is a common viral infection in children that causes an itchy rash with blisters, but it can be prevented with the varivax vaccine. Learn about symptoms, how it is spread, and common treatments.

Diarrhea - New Treatments
A recent report states that Lactobacillus is a safe and effective treatment for children with diarrhea. Learn more about this new treatment for a very common childhood problem.

Fifth Disease
Fifth disease or slapped cheeks disease is a common childhood viral infection that causes red cheeks and a pink lacelike rash on a child's arms.

Infectious Mononucleosis and Epstein Barr Virus
Symptoms of infectious mononucleosis are fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. Mono is caused by the Epstein Barr virus and is a common childhood infection. A mono spot test or EBV antibody tests can be used for diagnosis.

Impetigo
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that causes honey colored crusted lesions on areas of irritated skin and which is treated with antibiotics.

Pertussis Fact Sheet
Pertussis or whooping cough has been increasing in recent years. Learn how to recognize and protect your child against this vaccine preventable illness.

Pink Eye
Pink eye is a common disorder that causes a child's eyes to be red, with tearing, matting and drainage.

RSV and Bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection that is usually caused by RSV, with symptoms of a runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing and wheezing. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for bronchiolitis.

Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever is commonly throught of as strep throat with a rash, and in addition to fever and sore throat, your child will have a red rash that feels like sandpaper.

Sinusitis - Diagnosis and Treatment in Children
Sinus infections are often overdiagnosed in children. Learn the symptoms and how to tell the difference between sinusitis and a simple cold, so that you can prevent using antibiotics unnecessarily.

Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines
Review the latest antibiotic prescribing guidelines for common childhood infections, including ear infections, sinusitis, sore throats, etc., to help make sure your kids only get prescribed antibiotics when they need them.

Staph Skin Infections and MRSA
Learn to identify and treat common skin infections caused by the staph bacteria, including impetigo and abscesses.

Staph Skin Infections and MRSA
Staff is a common misspelling for the word staph. Learn to identify and treat common skin infections caused by the staph bacteria, including impetigo and abscesses.

Summertime Infections
Summertime infections can be caused by viruses, food poisoning, mosquito and tick borne illnesses. Learn simple precautions that can help your children to have a safe, fun and infection free summer.

Thrush - An Oral Yeast Infection
Thrush is a common infection that causes white patches inside a child's mouth. Learn about treating and preventing this common yeast infection.

Tuberculosis Testing
Review the risk factors for tuberculosis and when your child should have tuberculosis testing done.

Urinary Tract Infections in Children
Urinary tract infections are common in children, causing fever and pain with urination (dysuria). Kids with a UTI should be treated with antibiotics and may have to undergo testing to make sure they don't have reflux.

West Nile Virus
The West Nile virus has been spreading westward across the United States, causing infections in some people who are bitten by infected mosquitoes. Are your children at risk?

Acute Bronchitis - Adam Health Encyclopedia
An inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs (the bronchi). Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of bronchitis, which can cause a productive cough in children.

Bacterial Gastroenteritis - Adam Health Encyclopedia
Bacterial gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by bacteria or bacterial toxins. Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these infections that can cause diarrhea in children.

Ear infection - acute - Adam Health Encyclopedia
Ear infections are one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the doctor. Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of ear infections.

Sinusitis - Adam Health Encyclopedia
Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses. This is generally caused by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sinus infections.

Salmonella and Food Poisoning

National Center for Infectious Diseases
Comprehensive database of infectious diseases, from adenovirus to zoster, including clinical information, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Factsheets about most infections that occur in children and adults, including chickenpox, hepatitis, herpes, influenza, and tuberculosis.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases
An organization to promote educate about infectious diseases in children, especially HIV/AIDS, herpes, CMV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Includes information about infection control, universal precautions and an ask the experts feature where you can email your questions to an infectious disease specialist.

for Parents - Infections
Collection of infections in children, including bacterial and viral infections, fungal infections, and parasite infections.

Pediatric AIDS Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation includes fact sheets, an adherence guide to taking medications,

Pediatric AIDS
Information about transmission, preventing infection, diagnosis, signs and symptoms and treatment of HIV and AIDS in children.

Common Infections in Children
A listing of common infections infecting children, including herpes, bronchitis, chickenpox, ear infections, fifth disease, hand foot mouth disease, lice, sinus infections and urinary tract infections. Plus a guide to preventing infections.

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