Common Signs of Common School Ailments
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
This viral infection causes upper and lower respiratory tract infections, including bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Although RSV is typically a mild illness, it can be quite dangerous for:
- Infants younger than one year old
- Premature infants
- Children or infants with heart problems, breathing problems, or weakened immune systems.
Possible signs of RSV are similar to the common cold and may include:
- Low-grade fever
- Stuffy or runny nose (nasal discharge is usually clear)
- Rapid breathing or wheezing
- Listlessness or inactivity
- Decreased appetite.
Symptoms may include:
- Ring-shaped rash that is red and itchy
- A dry and scaly rash (or wet and crusty)
- Patches of hair loss if the infection is on the scalp.
Head ringworm is quite contagious, particularly among children between 2 and 10 years old.
- Foot itching
- Rash or blisters on the foot
- Scaling of the foot.