In spite of advances to medical science, or perhaps because of them, we are seeing a resurgence of childhood illnesses and diseases. Many attribute the rise in these childhood disease to a growing number of parents who have opted not to vaccinate their children. Regardless, understanding how dangerous these diseases truly are is important for anyone with children.
Whooping Cough: This very contagious disease causes serious bouts of painful coughing. It can lead to chocking hazards, convulsions, bronchitis, pneumonia and even death in children under the age of one.
Polio: A serious illness that has been all but eradicated in western countries, Polio causes paralysis and can affect the ability of the body to breathe effectively. This disease, at a minimum can cause paralysis – but it can cause death.
Mumps: While Mumps is a relatively harmless illness, left untreated it can cause permanent hearing loss.
Measles: Another ‘mild’ disease, measles can turn very serious in some cases. The cold like symptoms and rash are just the start. Symptoms that are more serious can include ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and even swelling of the brain. Measles can be fatal.
Meningitis: While Meningitis has several different types, it is always a cause for concern. Viral and bacterial meningitis are fast moving and include similar symptoms such as a stiff neck, lethargy, rashes, photophobia, seizures, fever and headache. Meningitis is incredible serious and very often fatal.
Keeping a close eye on children, regularly visiting a doctor and always being aware of current health trends is important for avoiding these uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, common childhood diseases.