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Most common teething problems

  1. Sooner or later every child will have to deal with it: teething problems. Very annoying, for your child and for you (and your night's sleep), but luckily most teething problems are harmless. In fact, they increase your child's resistance. And children are vaccinated against the most dangerous childhood illnesses. An overview.

  2. Sooner or later every child will have to deal with it: teething problems. Very annoying, for your child and for you (and your sleep), but luckily most teething problems are harmless. In fact, they increase your child's resistance. And children are vaccinated against the most dangerous childhood illnesses. An overview.

Chickenpox

  1. What is it? One of the best known childhood diseases, characterized by numerous red spots and later blisters all over the body. These blisters can be very itchy. At some point they burst open, after which crusts form. Chickenpox is very contagious and nine out of ten people get them in childhood. How long does it take? About a week, the scabs can stay longer. What can you do yourself? Try to keep your child from scratching the scabs as this can cause scars. You can also give special lotion or menthol-talc powder (if your child is older than 2) against the itching. When do you need to see the doctor? If the chicken pox gets infected or if you are pregnant yourself.

  2. What is it? One of the best known childhood diseases, characterized by numerous red spots and later blisters all over the body. These blisters can be very itchy. At some point they burst open, after which crusts form. Chickenpox is very contagious and nine out of ten people get them in childhood. How long does it take? About a week, the scabs can stay longer. What can you do yourself? Try to keep your child from scratching the scabs as this can cause scars. You can also give special lotion or mentholtalk powder (if your child is older than 2) against the itching. When do you need to see the doctor? If the chicken pox gets infected or if you are pregnant yourself.

Pretzel

  1. What is it? Impetigo (also called impetigo) is a very contagious skin disease. Contamination takes place through physical contact or, for example, through toys. Pretzel starts out as a small, scratched area around the mouth. Over time, such itchy spots with yellow crusts develop everywhere. Common in children between the ages of 2 and 12. How long does it take? 1-3 weeks. What can you do yourself? Easier said than done, but not scratching the blisters is best. When do you need to see the doctor? Always go to the doctor with impetigo. A cream can speed up the healing.

Pseudocroup

  1. What is it? Pseudocroup is a viral inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, near the vocal cords. The inflammation causes the mucous membranes around the vocal cords to swell, causing severe shortness of breath and screeching breathing. The complaints are the worst in the evening and at night. Pseudocroup often develops in the fall in children between 0 and 6, usually preceded by a cold. How long does it take? A few days to a few weeks (but the most serious complaints are often over after a few hours). What can you do yourself? Stay calm and reassure your child. Steaming with warm, moist air is pointless; steaming with cold, moist air or walking in the open air to some extent. But that is not useful advice at night. In that case: wait and calm your child. When do you need to see the doctor? In case of very severe shortness of breath, or if you think you cannot handle it yourself or your child is exhausted. The doctor can give a means to widen the airways.

  2. What is it? Pseudocroup is a viral inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, located near the vocal cords. The inflammation causes the mucous membranes around the vocal cords to swell, causing severe shortness of breath and screeching breathing. The complaints are worst in the evening and at night. Pseudocroup often develops in the fall in children between 0 and 6, usually preceded by a cold. How long does it take? A few days to a few weeks (but the most serious complaints are often over after a few hours). What can you do yourself? Stay calm and reassure your child. Steaming with warm, moist air is pointless; steaming with cold, moist air or walking in the open air somewhat. But that is not useful advice at night. In that case: wait and calm your child. When do you need to see the doctor? In case of very severe shortness of breath, or if you think you cannot handle it yourself or your child is exhausted. The doctor can give a means to widen the airways.

Scarlet fever

  1. What is it? What begins as a sore throat, headache, fever or vomiting can turn into a variety of dark red spots on the skin after a few days, especially around the neck, armpits and groin. Red cheeks and a fiery red tongue also develop. Occurs between the ages of 3 and 12 years. How long does it take? After a week or so, the fever and the rash will disappear. After that, shedding can still occur. What can you do yourself? Give your child a rest and drink a lot. If necessary give a paracetamol. When do you need to see the doctor? If your child is very sick. Also keep a close eye on your child in the weeks after the illness. For example, if it gets swollen joints, swollen eyelids or red urine, or becomes very lethargic, then also consult your doctor.

  2. What is it? What begins as a sore throat, headache, fever or vomiting can turn into a variety of dark red spots on the skin after a few days, especially around the neck, armpits and groin. Red cheeks and a fiery red tongue also develop. Occurs between the ages of 3 and 12 years. How long does it take? After a week or so, the fever and the rash will disappear. After that, shedding can still occur. What can you do yourself? Give your child a rest and drink a lot. If necessary give a paracetamol. When do you need to see the doctor? If your child is very sick. Also keep an extra close eye on your child in the weeks after the illness. For example, if it gets swollen joints, swollen eyelids or red urine, or becomes very lethargic, then also consult your doctor.

Fifth and sixth illness

  1. What is it? The fifth and sixth diseases are two different diseases, which, however, are very similar and are sometimes confused by general practitioners. Only by hospital examination can it be determined when it concerns the fifth and when it concerns the sixth disease. Because this has no consequences for the treatment, this is hardly ever done. Both diseases are characterized by a blotchy rash and possibly some elevation or fever. Often the disease goes unnoticed. How long does it take? The incubation period is about ten days, during which time your child is contagious. The duration of the spots is about five days. What can you do yourself? Nothing, but only warn the school that your child has this contagious disease, so that she can take measures. When do you need to see the doctor? In principle not, unless you are pregnant yourself. That could be dangerous.

  2. What is it? The fifth and sixth diseases are two different diseases, but they are very similar and are even confused by general practitioners. Only by hospital examination can it be determined when it concerns the fifth and when it concerns the sixth disease. Because this has no consequences for the treatment, this is hardly ever done. Both diseases are characterized by a blotchy rash and possibly some elevation or fever. Often the disease goes unnoticed. How long does it take? The incubation period is about ten days, during which time your child is contagious. The duration of the spots is about five days. What can you do yourself? Nothing, but only warn the school that your child has this contagious disease, so that she can take measures. When do you need to see the doctor? In principle not, unless you are pregnant yourself. That could be dangerous.

Other disorders

  1. Mumps, measles and rubella are not mentioned in the previous list. Children are vaccinated at a young age against those well-known childhood diseases (and against hepatitis B, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, Haemophilus influenzae, meningococcus and pneumococcus) according to the Dutch National Vaccination Program. And then there are many diseases that are common in children. Think of diarrhea, vomiting, flu, earache, cold and fever. In case of diarrhea and vomiting, drinking enough is important to prevent dehydration. You can try to give your child ORS. With the flu, cold and fever, getting out is the only solution. There are, however, means that can slightly reduce the complaints. With ear pain it is advisable to visit your doctor. In any case, the advice to go to a doctor if you have any doubts applies. After all, you know your child best, so if you have the idea that there is more to it, you better pay a visit to the doctor.



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