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Whether you're dealing with your first child or your fifth, sometimes, it's hard to know when they are showing signs of a common childhood illness. For example, if they have a runny nose, a cough, and a sore throat, is it allergies, the common cold, or the flu? If a lice outbreak occurs at school, do you know what to do? What causes urinary tract infections in children? If they have a fall at school, what are the signs of a concussion?
It's important that not only you, but also the people responsible for your child during the day -- whether a teacher, daycare provider, or caregiver -- know how to recognize common childhood ailments and what to do about them.
(Click Common Signs of Common School Ailments for an A–Z list of many conditions that affect children, possible symptoms, causes, and treatment options.)
In addition, sometimes it can be hard to know when it's okay to send your child to school and when they are better off staying home. This is often a matter of how severe symptoms are, how long they have been going on, and how disruptive it might be to other children to send your child to school.
(Click When to Keep Your Sick Child Home From School for a list of things to consider, what the experts recommend, and what to do if you're in doubt.)
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