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Medical Conditions 2017-04-20T13:20:18+00:00

Medical Conditions / Common Illness

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Information below comes directly from HealthyChildren.org, a resource provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics. HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 66,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Some children have frequent recurrent ab­dominal pain. Overeating can cause stom­ach discomfort. So can gas, constipation, food intolerance, intestinal infections and food poisoning, urinary tract infections, ap­pendicitis, and many other serious medical conditions, the majority of which are quite rare.

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Almost all children have times when their attention or behavior veers out of control. However, for some children, these types of behaviors are more than an occasional problem. Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have behavior problems that are so frequent and severe that they interfere with their ability to function adequately on a daily basis.

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The air we breathe is filled with pollen, pol­lutants, and dust. Most children and adults are unaffected by these intruders. For a large number of children, however, these simple contaminants can make life miser­able.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about 1 in 68 children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children be screened for ASD at their 18- and 24-month well-child checkups. Research shows that starting an intervention program as soon as possible can improve outcomes for many children with autism.

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Cancer is identified according to the original location and cell type. It strikes just nine thousand children a year, as compared to approximately 1.2 million adults. Cancers of childhood tend to be more curable than adult tumors.

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Healthy lungs are crucial to your child’s well-being. The lungs can get infections that, when serious, can cause chronic and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.

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Ten to twenty million children and adolescents in the United States have some form of chronic illness or disability. Chronic refers to a health condition that lasts anywhere from three months to a lifetime.

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Children with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or craniofacial disorder often have complex needs and may undergo a variety of procedures and therapies. Often, multiple pediatric specialists and surgeons are required to provide comprehensive care.

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Only when a baby or preschooler lags far behind, or fails altogether to reach the developmental milestones, or loses a previously acquired skill, is there reason to suspect a mental or physical problem serious enough to be considered a developmental disability.

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Some infections—especially an ear infection, strep throat, bronchitis, and sinusitis—may necessitate the administration of medication for a week af­ter your child is well enough to return to school.

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Children’s temperaments vary and thus they are quite different in their ability to cope with stress and daily hassles. Some are easygoing by nature and adjust easily to events and new situations. Others are thrown off balance by changes in their lives.

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Children’s temperaments vary and thus they are quite different in their ability to cope with stress and daily hassles. Some are easygoing by nature and adjust easily to events and new situations. Others are thrown off balance by changes in their lives.

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Children’s temperaments vary and thus they are quite different in their ability to cope with stress and daily hassles. Some are easygoing by nature and adjust easily to events and new situations. Others are thrown off balance by changes in their lives.

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A fever is usually caused by infections from viruses (such as a cold or the flu) or bacteria (such as strep throat or some ear infections). The fever itself is not the disease, only a sign that the body’s defenses are trying to fight an infection.

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Many types of infections associated with animals and insects can affect children. When they occur, they need a pediatrician’s attention.

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The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, and the bladder while the genital system includes the reproductive organs. While urinary tract infections are common in young children, there are other illnesses or diseases that can affect these areas of the body as well.

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The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce and release hormones that help control many important body functions, including the body’s ability to grow.

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During childhood your son or daughter may experience a variety of neurological disorders. Many of these conditions are not cause for concern and go away on their own. For more serious conditions, a pediatric neurosurgeon can diagnose, treat, and manage children’s nervous system problems and head and spinal deformities.

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Teenagers frequently experience chest pain. Rarely, though, is the symptom related to the heart. Nevertheless, such complaints should be brought to the attention of your pediatrician, who will diagnose the problem through process of elimination.

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Despite their microscopic size, viruses are responsible for many childhood illnesses. When viruses invade human cells, they take over the cell’s machinery to reproduce. As they grow in number they can cause illnesses, some of the serious.

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Learning disabilities can be difficult to define. How these disorders are classified isn’t as important as recognizing that each one can seriously interfere with a youngster’s ability to learn. All learning impairments share one thing in common: deviations in processing in one or more locations of the brain.

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Various factors can influence the likelihood of a child’s becoming overweight. Obesity is usually defined as more than 20 percent above ideal weight for a particular height and age.

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As your child matures, calcium is necessary for healthy bone development. An inadequate calcium intake during childhood can not only affect present growth but might also help contribute to the development of weakened and porous bones (osteoporosis) later in life.

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Disease prevention is an important part of maintaining your child’s overall good health. Many preventive strategies are so simple, safe, and effective, allowing you to guard against a variety of potentially serious illnesses, from food-borne diseases to infections caused by ticks and animal bites.

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are occurring in high number among teenagers. Parents need to know the signs and symptoms associated with these diseases, as well as how they are treated.

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Skin infections are usually very noticeable to parents. You’ll be able to see signs of infection on your child, whether it’s a rash, swelling or other symptoms.

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Nearly 40% of the pediatric population is exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS). In addition, an estimated 80-90% of adult smokers began smoking during adolescence. Parents play a very important role in protecting their children from smoke exposure and preventing tobacco use.

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As important as antibacterials are, they are useful only against infections caused by bacteria. For illnesses caused by other kinds of germs, antibacterials simply will not help your child get better. When your child develops an infection caused by organisms other than bacteria there are other types of drugs that can be helpful.

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