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5 Common Winter illnesses And Their Symptoms

5 Common Winter illnesses And Their Symptoms

In winter, it’s common to feel anxious regarding your child’s health. Although most winter-related illnesses in kids aren’t serious, it’s important to be aware of them and what to do.

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Quick facts :

40 percent of children test positive for strep infection in their throats
Children can get up to 10 colds in a single year
Most infections clear quickly and are treatable at home.

1.Coughs, colds, and sniffles

Children are susceptible to 10 colds in a year, which means your child will suffer from at the very least one cold this winter. It can take several days for cold symptoms to begin to manifest; they’re typically more severe within the first few days. Also, your child is most likely to contract the virus, although they’ll be infected for approximately two weeks.

How can you recognize colds in children ?

It is a sign of congestion, runny nose, and sneezing resulting from an increase in the size of the mucosa and the accumulation of fluids in these regions. It is an immune system response designed to fight the virus and eventually eliminate it.

2.Flu

It is most general when symptoms begin and can last for one week.

How to recognize the signs of influenza in children?

You will experience more fever when you have flu, and often it starts with a dry cough, and it can last for two weeks or even longer. Other symptoms include headaches, joint muscle discomfort, sore throat, and running nose. To alleviate symptoms, apply the same treatment as for colds.

Talk to your GP If you think your child may have Covid-19 or suffer from any red flag symptoms listed below.

3.Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is an even more severe inflammation of the airways that are the smallest lung. Since infants and young children have a respiratory tract that has not yet developed, the RSV virus may cause the condition of bronchiolitis.

How can you recognize the signs of bronchiolitis in children?

The symptoms of bronchiolitis are dry, snoring cough, wheezy or rapid breathing, feeling angry and not wanting to eat, and vomiting following a meal. The most severe symptoms can be observed on the first 3-5 days, lasting three weeks.

4. Ear infection

Ear infections can be a source of pain for children, particularly in the evening. The majority of ear infections in children are secondary infections caused by bacteria within the middle ear that can be triggered by a viral infection, such as the flu or cold.

How can you spot an ear infection in children?

The excess liquid produced by the ear is usually drained out through a small tube that connects to the throat. However, suppose it gets blocked and swollen, and the fluid gets accumulated. In that case, it can cause infections caused by viruses, cause inflammation of the tube, and make it easier for bacteria to be transported to bodily liquids. The most common symptom is the ear hurting in the evening.

5.Strep throat

Streptococcus is a bacterium that can cause a sore throat and is common in children.

How to recognize it

Your child is likely to have an irritated, red throat, to experience headache, fever, and swollen glands in the neck as well as beneath the jaw. If you were to go into a school and test students for strep infection, more than 40% of them would be positive. Even if they did have a sore throat does not mean that you should be treating them with antibiotics, as most infections heal on their own.

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