Infants and toddlers are prone to rolling off beds or couches, falling out of high chairs, strollers, car seats, or swings, and getting bumps and bruises from all kinds of things. Almost all children bump their heads every now and then. While these injuries can be upsetting, most head injuries are minor and do not […]
Mononucleosis is a viral As part of growing up, you will go through puberty. Puberty is the time in your life when your body changes from that of a child to that of an adult. These changes are caused by chemicals in the body called hormones. Because there are so many changes that happen during […]
What items are harmful if swallowed? Most nonfood items swallowed by children are coins. Smaller coins (Dimes and Pennies) usually pass though the body easily. Larger coins (and sometimes the smaller ones) can get hung up at a narrow segment of the esophagus. Dangerous objects are pointed ones such as nails and toothpicks. Swallowed glass, […]
What is “fifth disease?” Fifth disease is a mild rash illness that occurs most commonly in children. The ill child typically has a “slapped-cheek” rash on the face and a lacy red rash on the trunk and limbs. Occasionally, the rash may itch. An ill child may have a low-grade fever, malaise, or a “cold” […]
What is a Fever? Fever is not a disease. It is a symptom of an underlying problem. What the illness is and how serious it is depends on the other symptoms and how the child looks after the temperature is brought down. Younger children under 4 years old tend to have higher fevers when ill. […]
Temperature Equivalents — Fahrenheit (F degree) vs. Centigrade (C degree) Fahrenheit Centigrade 98.6° 37° 100° 37.8° 100.4° 38° 101.3° 38.5° 102.2° 39° 104° 40° 105° 40.5° 106° 41° Please note on the Fahrenheit thermometer, each line is 0.2°. On the Centigrade thermometer, each line is 0.1°.
What are ear infections? There are 2 types of ear infections. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear that may cause a change in the eardrum, such as swelling or redness. Otitis externa is an ear infection of the external ear canal and is commonly called “swimmer’s ear”. This handout discusses Otitis media, […]
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral illness that primarily affects children aged 10 and under. It’s caused by the coxsackie virus, and its main symptoms are sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. There is currently no vaccine for this mild illness, but there are steps families can […]