There are a number of various diseases and disorders that strike mainly children. It seems now as if there are more biological factors that we need to protect kids from than environmental. In this article I will discuss several disorders that affect mainly children and what you can do to prevent and lessen the occurrence and effects of. The first that I want to talk about is Scarlet Fever. This is a rash that is generally associated with a primary infection like strep throat. Scarlet Fever generally doesn’t occur in people over the age of eighteen and because of this fact, it is imperative that parents know what to look for. The rash is often grainy, sand paper like, and made up of small red bumps. This disorder can be brought on by any number of infections and should be treated immediately. I cannot definitively tell anyone how to treat this disorder so if you believe that your child may have it, go immediately to your doctor.
Another disorder common in children is Impetigo. This disorder is often cause by skin infections and is made worse by poor hygiene and warm temperatures both in your home and in the out of doors. This is a nasty disorder and should be treated by a doctor and kept clean. The sores generally start around the limbs and face and look a bit like boils. According to the website that I’ve listed, it is possible for doctors to diagnose on sight because the lesions are so unique. Yet another skin problem of children is warts, these can occur in anyone but are typical of children because of all the nasty things that they tend to come in contact with. As children age it is less likely that they will continue to have warts because they may not come in contact with as many of the things that they did when they were younger (frogs don’t necessarily cause warts).
The last thing that I want to talk about is Rubella or measles. These are common in children because of their weakened immune systems and because of lack of immunization. It is less common in adults because as children we are vaccinated against Rubella. Some symptoms of Rubella are diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes, pink rash that starts on the face and spreads, and low grade fever. There are other symptoms but these are the most common and notable. The best way to prevent this disease is through vaccinations, don’t worry about any sort of disorder being linked to vaccinations, that has since been disproved. I cannot tell you how to treat them and unless you are a doctor is it important to take your child to the doctor so that you know just how to take care of the problem.
As with any of these diseases, it is important to know the symptoms and notice when you think your child may be affected. You then need to see a doctor rather than just trying to figure out what to do on your own, it may mean life or death.