Managing Common Childhood Illnesses

Bronchiolitis

If you would like more information about Bronchiolitis, please click here.

Croup

Croup is an infection of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe). These are the upper and lower parts of the breathing tube that connects the mouth to the top of the lungs. For more information, please click here.

Diarrhoea and vomiting in Children

Gastroenteritis is an infection of the bowel. It causes diarrhoea, vomiting or both of these. Most cases are caused by viruses. Some viruses are easily spread by close contact with people who have the “bug”. The commonest virus causing gastroenteritis in children is called rotavirus. For more information about gastroenteritis, please click here. 

Febrile convulsion

A febrile seizure is a fit that occurs in children with a temperature. They are frightening but are not serious. The words convulsion, seizure and fit all have the same meaning. Any illness that causes a fever can cause a febrile convulsion. Most occur with common illnesses such as ear infections, coughs and colds. They usually happen between the age of 6 months and 6 years. For more information, please click here. 

Head injury (over 12 years of age)

For information about head injuries for children over the age of 12, please click here. 

Head injury (under 12 years of age)

For information about head injuries for children over the age of 12, please click here. 

Henoch Schonleln Puroura (HSP) 

Henoch Schönlein Purpura is a condition, which causes blood vessels to become inflamed (irritated and swollen). It usually affects the small blood vessels in the skin causing a rash; the rash is called “Purpura”. However H.S.P may also affect blood vessels in the intestines, the kidneys and the joints. For more information, please click here. 

Prolonged Jaundice

Jaundice means a yellow colour to the skin and may be first noticed in the whites of the eyes. Jaundice is very common and occurs in approximately half of normal, healthy babies in their first week. It usually occurs at day 2-3 of life.  For more information, please click here.

Viral induced wheeze

Wheezing is a high-pitched, whistling noise that happens if the small airways in the lungs are narrowed. This often happens with viral infections (cough and cold) in infancy, and pre-school children. It is usually obvious during breathing out (expiration). This wheeze can be recurrent and may return each time your child has a cold. It will usually disappear by the age of three. For more information about wheezing, please click here. 

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