Children, especially the school beginners, are most susceptible to falling sick frequently. As the immune system of these younger children is not completely developed, they tend to battle series of infections, almost every day. 

Here are 5 common health problems in children and some easy tips to treat them. Read on.

Cold and flu 

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Cold and flu are extremely common viral infections that trouble kids. Simply shaking hands with someone who has flu and then touching your nose or mouth can transmit it. If your kid suffering from cold and flu, make him/her drink plenty of water as it helps lubricate the mucous membranes of the throat. Hot drinks like chicken broth, soups, ginger ale, etc. are also a good choice to get speedy recovery from cold and flu. 

Pink eye or conjunctivitis

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It is a bacterial infection that causes redness and itching in the eye along with discharge and formation of whitish crust at the corners of the eye. Wash your kid's hands regularly and do not let him/her touch eyes. Keep a separate hand towel, blanket, or pillow for him/her to stop the spread of infection. Splashing cold water in eyes helps to ease the discomfort. However, consult an Ophthalmologist for the right medication.

Stomach flu 

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It is a viral infection that spreads from improper hand washing habit. It causes abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Give your kid a tablespoon of an electrolyte solution every 15 minutes and slowly increase the amount. As the vomiting and diarrhea symptoms reduce, make them eat bananas, rice, wheat toast, or yogurt to heal their upset stomach. 

Hand, foot, and mouth disease

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It is another viral infection that is generally seen in children. The infection spreads due to improper hygiene habits. It causes fever, skin rash, painful blisters in the mouth, sides of the tongue, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and in the groin. Consult a Dermatologist for the right medications.

Head lice

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Lice are tiny parasites that get into children’s hair, lay eggs and cause scratching and itching of the scalp. These are most commonly found in children who start socializing in groups at preschool or school. Use fine-toothed lice comb to remove these lice at home. However, if you want to opt for any medicated treatment, seek a Dermatologist’s advice.

To minimize your child's chances of getting ill, practice prevention by encouraging good hygiene habits in them and make sure s/he eats nutritious food and gets plenty of rest. Also, do retain your child at home until he/she gets completely cured to stop the infection from spreading in other kids. Take care!

For any query related to your child’s health consult a Pediatrician at 

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