Children aren’t the cleanest of people and are still learning the basics. At school there are hundreds of kids running around, getting into stuff and it becomes breeding grounds for organisms that cause illnesses. Luckily with time, school-age children gradually become less prone to the most common illnesses and recover more quickly from the diseases they catch.
Top 5 Illnesses Why Children Miss School
- The common cold – There are times you think that your children are always sick or that they seem to be getting sick more than normal but that doesn’t mean things aren’t as they should be. Children typically have anywhere from six to ten colds each year with more severe and long lasting symptoms than adults. Symptoms typically improve for your child within a week.
- Ear infection – An inner ear infection is most common for children between the ages of 4 months and 5 years old. An ear infection is caused by bacteria or viruses. When these germs make their way to the inner ear it fills with fluid causing pressure which can hurt. They often clear up without antibiotics but it is still a good idea to check with your doctor, especially if they keep coming back.
- Stomach flu – None of us like to get the stomach flu and it is the second most common childhood illness. It is always important to watch your children when they have the stomach flu for signs of dehydration.
- Sore throat – Sore throats are often a sign of another illness and they usually go a way on their own. Some sore throats are a sign of strep throat, which are common in children between the ages of 5 and 15.
- Pink eye – Pink eye is also known as conjunctivitis and is caused by viruses and bacteria. It is an inflammation of the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner surface of the eyelids; it is considered highly contagious. Applying warm or cool compresses to they eyes may alleviate the symptoms such as itchiness.
Help Prevent Common Childhood Illness
When it comes to preventing the most common illnesses in children one of the best things they can do is to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. Imagine how much they use their little hands and the things they touch; sometimes they just don’t know better. Preventing your children from getting sick completely most likely won’t happen but there are some common sense things you can teach them to lower their risk.
Healthy Sleep for Children
Children’s health is affected by the amount and quality of sleep they get each night. Not only does getting enough sleep help their immune system it also helps them learn and reduce behavioral problems.
Help your children get a good night sleep by setting a regular bed time and sticking to it. Don’t feed your children big meals before bedtime and of course avoid giving them caffeine. Each child is different when it comes to approaching sleep but all benefit from a calming bedtime routine; ie. bath and story time. You know your child’s habits best so with a little trial and error, you should succeed in finding a routine that suits them and the family best.