Common childhood infections
It is a fact of life that kids are always getting sick. Even with the natural protections our bodies give our newborn children during pregnancy and breastfeeding , and even with the wealth of medical knowledge and up-to-the-minute immunisations, most young children always seem to be suffering from a case of the sniffles, a fever , rash, or other unexplained illness.
The fact is that children don't have fully developed immune systems until they are about seven or eight years old. That leaves mums with the perplexing task of figuring out what, exactly, has made their child sick and wondering what to do about it.
Although even a minor infection can turn serious, medical science has developed a schedule of immunisations that are designed to protect your child and those around him from contracting contagious potentially life threatening diseases such as polio, meningitis, whooping cough, and more.
But, even with regular medical care and vaccinations, our kids are likely to come down with infections that make them sick and make mums worry. There are so many common infections that it's hard to know exactly which of them your child has contracted.
Although most common infections are rarely more than a minor nuisance, it's important to know which infection your child has, what causes it, and what to do about it to avoid potentially serious complications.
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Colds and flu
- Ear infections
- Eye infections
- Fungal infections
- Lung and respiratory infections
- Parasitic infections
- Stomach and intestinal infections
Find more relevant articles and information about common childhood infections :
- Find more about Colds and flu
- Read more about Bacterial and viral infections, Ear infections, Eye infections, Fungal infections, Lung and respiratory infections, Parasitic infections, Stomach and intestinal infections
- Discover more about immunisations
- What is polio?
- What is meningitis?
- Discover more about whooping cough
Written by Rebecca Stigall for Kidspot, New Zealand’s parenting resource for family health. Sources include Better Health Channel, NSW Health and Health Insite.
Last revised: Monday, 20 October 2014
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.