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

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

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