Measles, Mumps and More

We get a first-hand look at the most common illnesses that plague our young ones from doctors who treat them.

words sabrina lee
photo courtesy of international medical clinic (IMC)

The most common childhood illnesses found in the clinic are viral infections. Children commonly present with runny nose, fever, cough, rashes, ear pains, vomiting or diarrhoea. Germs called viruses cause most common infections. These infections often improve without the use of any antibiotic. There is no treatment for a viral infection, and some medications are used to help with the symptoms. Alleviating symptoms of cough or a fever is an example of how one can help.

Viral infections are common in children. Viruses spread easily when children have close contact with each other, at places like childcare centres, kindergartens or school. It is common for parents to ask if they should take their child out from childcare because they are constantly sick and they are worried about the frequency if their child’s illnesses. The fact is it is common for children to get sick from one virus shortly after getting better from another one. To their parents, it may seem like they’re sick all the time. Young children usually have six to 12 infections per year caused by viruses. 

Educate yourself on the types of viruses and vaccinations in the August-October 2017 issue of little.