MY SON HAS PAINFUL SORES IN HIS MOUTH AND SOME LESIONS on his foot which the doctor has diagnosed as Hand-foot-mouth Disease. Please advise. As in your son’s case, the telltale signs are painful sores in the mouth and throat. It is caused by the Coxsackie virus which is active mainly during the summer and autumn months and is highly contagious, passing from kid to kid through touch, coughs, sneezes, and fecal matter. The sores are often accompanied by red blisters on the hands and soles of the feet that last seven to ten days.
If your child has pain, give him children's acetaminophen. His sore throat can be eased with ice pops and cold fluids, but avoid acidic juices, which can sting. You should also watch out for dehydration, since some kids' sores are so uncomfortable that they resist drinking at all.
IHAVE A YEAR-OLD SON WHO KEEPS FALLING SICK EVER SO often. He barely recovers from cold when he gets fever and cough and then it is stomach infection. He was a healthy child when he was born and I take good care of him. Please tell me why is he so susceptible to infections.
A young child's immune system hasn't been exposed to many infections, so he's far more prone to illnesses than older kids and adults, who have built up immunity to many germs. The fact that toddlers and preschoolers tend to touch everything, put those thing or their dirty hands in their mouth worsens the situations.
ILEAVE MY SON AT THE DAY-CARE CENTRE AFTER PLAY SCHOOL, TILL I return from work. One day I was horrified to see his cheeks red as if he had been slapped hard on both cheeks! The owner and my child both said that no such thing happened, but then what is it due to?
Your child is probably suffering from ‘ fifth disease’ which is better known as "slapped cheek syndrome." Kids ages 3 and under are the most vulnerable to fifth disease, which causes a bright-red rash on the cheeks. Your child may not have any other illness symptoms, though he could also have a mild fever, a runny nose, and a secondary, lacylooking rash on his torso.
Fifth disease often spreads like wildfire through childcare centres and preschools. Once the rash comes out, your child is no longer contagious, and it will subside on its own. A small percentage of kids who get it will develop joint pain. Let your doctor know right away if this occurs. Also, contact your obstetrician if you are pregnant and your child gets fifth disease, as the virus can cause complications.
Children keep falling ill off and on and more often than not they recover spontaneously or with home remedies. Occasionally, paracetamol syrup is required. However, I would like to know when it is imperative that I take him to the hospital. Please enlighten me.
Most childhood illnesses run their course without any big worries. But certain symptoms and certain kids warrant a consultation with the paediatrician. These are: ✿ Dehydration - your child may have sunken eyes (if he's a baby, a sunken fontanel, the soft spot on his head), seem extremely lethargic, have a dry mouth or his skin may be cold and clammy. Also, beware if he's urinating fewer than three or four times a day.
✿ High fever - in newborns, any elevated temperature warrants a call. For infants 3 to 6 months old, phone if the fever hits 101of; for older babies and children, the threshold is 103of.
✿ Breathing difficulty - phone right away if your child is wheezing, his breathing is fast or laboured, or you notice long pauses between each breath.
✿ Not eating – it is normal for a sick child to have little interest in food. But if your kid is eating or drinking less than half of what he or she normally would for two days or longer, visit your doctor.
✿ Pre- existing conditions - if your child has been diagnosed with asthma, diabetes, a suppressed immune system, or another chronic medical condition, speak to your paediatrician every time he or she comes down with a virus that could compromise his or her health.
IHAVE A SIX-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. SHE COMPLAINS OF PAIN in the abdomen off and on. The doctor diagnosed worm infestation and gave her de-worming drugs. Thought this has been repeated thrice her stools still continue to show eggs of worms. How does one eradicate them completely?
Once the worms have been eradicated by appropriate medicine see to it that she does not get reinfected by
✿ Clipping her nails short.
✿ Making her wash her hands before every meal.
✿ Thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw.
✿ Do not allow her to walk bare feet or play with mud.
✿ See to it that she wears underwear all the time. Whip worms cause intense scratching around the anal region and if her hands come in direct contact with the worms when she scratches herself the chances of auto-infection increases manifold. – Dr Amrinder Bajaj, MD.
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