…that you should be aware of as a parent
You’re still here? I admire you for your curiosity, and eagerness to learn more about your child’s health. Bravo, dear parent. Let’s finish off the last part of this article. On with the show…
Believe it or not, the old term for mumps is lumps. Mumps is primarily a viral disease which mainly affects the parotid salivary glands. These two glands (one on each side) are located between the ear and jaw. They secrete saliva. The parotid glands are typically swollen and painful if your child has mumps. Please don’t make fun of your child. He may look kind of funny like a hamster because of the swollen cheeks. A little sympathy, here please. The swelling can last for 1 to 3 days and is usually accompanied by fever. A vaccine is available and administered together with the measles and rubella vaccines (MMR – measles, mumps, rubella). However if by chance, your child becomes ill with mumps, the chances of getting it for the second time are very rare.
Other organs of the body can also be affected by the mumps virus like the brain and testicles (in adolescent boys only of course) so other symptoms such as stiff neck, headache, nausea and vomiting occur, head straight to the doctor. Hey, for the second time, don’t make fun of your child. Just saying.
Colic is best remembered by the rule of three. Your baby cries at least three hours per day, more than three days per week and lasting for three weeks or more (duration). It’s a problem which plagues infants (less than a year old) during their first three to four months. It begins suddenly with continuous and loud crying.
No one knows the exact cause of colic, but there are some theories brewing among the experts. Oversensitivity to gas (intestines), allergy to cows milk and adjustment to the parents and to the world are some of the common theories considered.
Colic can be stressful to a parent so before this stress happens to you, consult your child’s pediatrician.
This annoying illness also goes by the names nasopharyngitis, the common cold (most famous name), acute coryza and head cold. This illness is dubbed as the most common illness. This viral (the cause) disease affects the upper airway passages of your child (nose, sinuses, throat) and is usually caused by rhinoviruses.
Just to clear things up, going outside while the child’s hair is still wet or not wearing a jacket when it’s cold outside DO NOT cause the common cold.
The term flu is short for influenza. It’s caused by the influenza family of viruses, which affect you and your child’s respiratory system (lungs and airways). It’s different from a cold because it’s caused by a different virus. Flu symptoms are more serious (because of complications) and severe than cold symptoms. These include headache, fever, body aches, cough and weakness. As a parent, you may not be able to distinguish between a cold and flu (even some doctors have difficulty). Again, like with viral tonsillitis, TLC (tender loving care) is the name of the game and plenty of rest. But if you are concerned you can also take your child to the doctor.
It’s crucial to point out here that when you have doubts about the condition of your child, you should take him or her to the nearest medical facility. Nothing will replace a parent’s instinct towards his or her child. The clues presented here as to which possible illness your child might have are for learning purposes only. They’re not meant to diagnose your child’s ailment. Every child is a precious gift to you, give him or her the best possible and prompt treatment. Lastly, they will get sick and recover, it’s just a matter of when. It’s better to be prepared. Also, check out our other articles with tips for keeping your child healthy: “Top Ten Home Remedies For Your Children” and our two part article on supporting your child immune system during winter – Part 1 and Part 2.