5 Childhood Illnesses That’s Common But Needs Pediatric Consultation
1. Sore Throat
It's a common problem among children and can be painful. Sore throats can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Streptococcus bacteria causes strep throat. Strep throat is diagnosed through a lab test after taking a swab of the throat. Though its rare in toddlers and babies, they may get infected while touching a toy that an infected child has played with, usually at a play school. It spreads mainly through coughing or sneezing.
2. Ear Pain
It's quite common among children and can be caused due to numerous reasons. It could be an ear infection known as otitis media, or the infection of the skin within the ear canal known as swimmer's ear, or it could result from pressure due to a cold or a sinus infection, or it could be pain radiating from the jaw to the ear due to teeth pain. A pediatrician needs to examine the child's ear to diagnose the source of the ear pain. Viruses can also cause ear pain.
3. Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is also known as a bladder infection, and is caused by bacteria build up in the urinary tract. UTI affects children irrespective of their age; it affects infants, toddlers, and teenagers. Symptoms of UTI include pain or a burning sensation during urination, a need to urinate urgently or frequently, accidental urination by a child who is toilet trained, pain in the abdomen, in the side, or back pain.
4. Skin Infection
When children are affected with a skin infection, it is required that they undergo a skin test by means of a culture or swab to determine the exact course of treatment. The doctor will need to know if the child has been exposed to resistant bacteria by any means, including contact with other family members, etc, or has had a history of staph infection.
It is quite common among infants and children during the flu or cold season. The child will have a wheeze while breathing. Virus is the cause for Bronchiolitis. The child needs to be monitored for signs of dehydration. A pediatrician will decide the course of treatment after making their observations of the child in person.