Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that causes blister-like rashes, severe itching, exhaustion, and fever in children. It is common for children to have up to 500 itchy blisters across their bodies when they catch chickenpox. Fortunately, a chickenpox vaccine now makes it possible to prevent this disease entirely. Make sure your young child receives the proper chickenpox vaccine at the pediatrician.
Most children will experience at least one ear infection in their young lives. Ear infections affect the ear canal or middle canal, often when fluid builds up as result of bacteria or viruses. Breastfeeding for the first six months and getting the pneumococcal vaccination are both known to minimize your child’s risk of ear infections.
Specific symptoms indicate that your child may have an ear infection, including tugging or pulling at an ear, difficulty sleeping, irritability and crying, loss of balance, and fever. Depending on the severity of your child’s ear infection, your pediatrician may recommend antibiotics as a treatment. Continue reading “Common Childhood Illnesses to Look Out For During the School Year”