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Common Signs of Common School Ailments

Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

There is a difference between upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Upper respiratory tract infections involve only the nose, sinuses, pharynx, or larynx.
Upper respiratory tract infections include:
Lower respiratory infections involve the trachea and the lungs, and may include:
Some of these may lead to serious complications. Your child's healthcare provider can help determine how far an infection has spread into the respiratory system, and may prescribe antibiotics in some cases.

Urinary Tract Infection

When bacteria grow in the genitals and move into the urethra, it can cause inflammation and an infection that makes it painful to urinate. It can also cause an increased urge to urinate, even when the bladder is empty. Some other possible signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) include:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Abdominal (stomach) or back pain.
UTIs are diagnosed by testing your child's urine. A healthcare provider will usually prescribe antibiotics to knock out the infection before it spreads into the bladder or kidneys, which can be quite dangerous.

Final Thoughts

Your child is bound to pick up some of these childhood illnesses at least a few times during his or her life. Although it is always difficult to see your little one hurting, in many cases, you just have to let the virus or illness run its course.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of common childhood ailments can help you to be more prepared as a parent. In some cases, medical treatment may not even be necessary, and you can save yourself some time and money -- particularly if you have a basic understanding of what your child may have and how to treat it.
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