Kids diagnosing themselves

September 23, 2009 8:57:24 AM PDT
All kids will get sick at some point during childhood. But how do parents know when sick means a couple days of rest or a serious medical threat? How do parents know when to keep kids home from school? Children should not go to school when they are contagious or seem too sick to learn. According to FamilyEducation.com, schools will often send children home if they believe the child is contagious with a fever, chicken pox, strep throat, vomiting or diarrhea, or skin or eye infections. When both parents work, it may be difficult to keep children home from school. Family Education recommends asking someone trusted to come to your house and care for your child. If that option is unavailable, parents should plan ahead with their employers.

The common cold can often be prevented by proper hygiene and nutrition. Many childhood diseases such as the measles, mumps, and chicken pox can be prevented with immunizations. Close contact in the school setting can lead to the spread of germs and sickness. Parents should encourage children to frequently wash their hands with soap and water. If classmates or friends are sick, discourage children from sharing food or drinks.

SYMPTOMS OF COMMON PROBLEMS: Sometimes, children's symptoms are more than the common cold or flu. Exercise intolerance can be one of the earliest signs of asthma. Children who have problems with exercise intolerance in changing weather should be evaluated by a doctor. One other significant symptom of asthma can be nighttime cough, which may lead to sleep disruption and impairment of school performance due to lack of rest.

Signs of type one diabetes in children usually develop quickly over a period of weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children's symptoms include extreme thirst and frequent urination, extreme hunger, weight loss, fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, or a yeast infection. Vomiting and abdominal pain may be later signs of diabetes.

Emotional symptoms may indicate a different kind of struggle for your child. Autism may be signified by children who have trouble interacting with other kids. Problems in three crucial areas -- social interaction, language, and behavior -- may signify autism, according to the Mayo Clinic. Social symptoms may include unresponsiveness to their own name, unwilling to cuddle or hug, and appearing unaware of other's feelings.

? For More Information, Contact:

Ashlee Seymour Sunrise Children's Hospital Las Vegas, NV Ashlee.seymour@hcahealthcare.com


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