Childhood Illnesses Every Parent Should Know

A sick child wipes his nose.
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is the top cause of bronchiolitis.
Illustration of the ear.
A tube inserted in the ear to secrete fluid from a patient with glue ear.
A boy is sick with croup.
Blisters on the palms of the hands are a characteristic of hand, foot, and mouth disease.
A child with pink eye.
Fifth disease is also called slapped-cheek disease.
Photo of rotavirus
A child with Kawasaki disease.
Chickenpox causes itchy red blisters.
Measles on a child's back.
Mumps causes painful swelling of the salivary glands.
Rubella (German measles) causes a rash and fever.
Photo of whooping cough virus (pertussis)
An MRI shows meningitis.
Photo of strep throat.
A child with scarlet fever rash.
Aspirin should never be given to children.
MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant organism that causes skin infections.
Characteristic golden crusts of impetigo appear below the mouth of a child.
A common fungus causes ringworm.
Lyme disease causes a bull's-eye rash.
Photo of a flu virus cell
Photo of allergens

The Naughty List of Holiday Foods

Muscle Cramps and Muscle Spasms

Sinusitis (Sinus Infection)


Reviewed by David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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