During the first year or so your child is going to be susceptible to developing illnesses as their immune system will not have been exposed to many infections. As a result of this they will not have built up any real immunity against them. Of course what doesn’t help matters is that toddlers love to touch things and will put their hands in their mouth without thinking about it.
You really are fighting a losing battle when trying to protect your child against common childhood illnesses. But having even some basic knowledge about them will mean you are better prepared to deal with them should they suffer from them in the future.
Check out my guide below which looks at some of the more common illnesses young children are likely to suffer from.
German Measles (Rubella)
This illness is actually hard to detect because it starts out with the same symptoms associated with a common cold. It is infectious and your child could end up suffering from this viral infection for up to 3 weeks. Initially your child may develop a slight temperature then about a day or two after a rash then appears. It appears behind the ears first then spreads to the forehead before the rest of the body. The spots have a flat pale pink appearance and can actually become large patches of redness over the body. Your child’s glands may also become swollen as well.
Once the rash appears normally this part of the infection lasts for around 2 to 3 days, but doesn’t cause them any real problems. However be aware that they are going to be infectious for about a week on either side of when the rash appears.
Normally children between the ages of 2 and 4 will suffer from this particular illness and you need to be aware that this is contagious. Generally the illness will last for around 2 weeks and your child will develop red blister like scabs over their body. The blisters will first appear on your child’s stomach before then spreading to their arms and legs.
Your child will generally feel unwell and may develop a temperature. The worse part about this condition is that often they find the blisters feel itchy and your child will want to scratch them. But you should prevent them from doing this because it can lead to scarring.
This particular illness should not be mistaken for German Measles. Although some of the symptoms are similar in that they develop symptoms similar to the common cold there are differences. The first of these being that a few days later white spots will appear in your child’s mouth, then after this red/brown spots will start to appear behind the ears. After this the spots behind the ears may merge in to a rash on their face and their upper body.
Generally children who become infected with the virus that causes mumps will find this illness lasts for around 10 days. Your child may feel unwell for a day or two before the more severe symptoms then appear. The kind of symptoms they may suffer from when they have this illness is they find it painful to chew food or to swallow acidic liquids such as fruit juice. They develop a fever and chills, they have a headache and they may suffer from pain around the ears. Also there will be some swelling that begins under the jaw by their ears and could be either just on one side or both.