You can try as hard as you like but you’re never going to stop your kids from getting sick. It’s just a fact of life and most of the time, they’ll get through it just fine and you’ll probably worry about it a lot more than they do. But if you really want to make sure that they’re happy and healthy, you need to be aware of some of the common health problems and know how to tackle them. These are the health problems that your kids are probably going to experience at some point.
Young children are at high risk of ear infections and they spread quite easily so the chances are, your kids are going to get them at some point. The good news is, they usually pass on their own and while they can be painful, they won’t leave any lasting damage. There are 2 main types of ear infection; middle and outer ear infections. If you notice that your child is irritable and they’re pulling on their ear a lot or they’re having trouble hearing, they’ve probably got an ear infection. They’re also common when children have a cold or flu so it’s worth getting them checked out. Most of the time they’ll pass on in a couple of days but if they don’t, you’ll need to go to the doctors and get some antibiotics. In very rare cases, infections could lead to more severe hearing problems. It’s important to get your child’s hearing checked so you can look into options for hearing aids and hearing aid repairs ahead of time. If you can catch it early, you can reduce the long-term damage to their hearing.
It’s not uncommon for children to fluctuate in weight, especially when they hit their teenage years. However, with so much junk food around and kids being less active than they used to be, weight gain can get out of hand. It’s up to you to make sure that they’re eating healthy food while they’re at home and you try to encourage them to stay active as much as possible. You don’t need to worry about any small changes in their weight but if you notice any excessive weight gain, you need to make sure that you’re on top of it.
Conjunctivitis is a very common infection that children get in their eyes. Like ear infections, it’s very contagious so if one kid at school gets it, yours probably will too. The symptoms are easy to spot, they’ll get redness and itching in their eyes and they may have some yellow discharge from the eyes. They’re likely to wake up in the morning with crusty eyes from the weeping. There isn’t a direct treatment for conjunctivitis and it’ll clear up on its own, you just need to gently clean it with a cotton wool ball soaked in warm water.
Knowing about these common health problems in advance will make it a lot easier to deal with when they inevitably come up.
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