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Common Infections in Childhood
September 2014 • #83
A Note from the Medical Editor
Most children in child care and school settings have as many as 8 to 12 colds and infections a year! While inconvenient (especially for working parents) and usually not serious, it is important to be well informed and prepared.
In this newsletter, we’ve highlighted some of the most common childhood infections and explain how each is spread, how to identify symptoms, effective treatments, and what you can do to help prevent them from spreading. All great stuff and yet another reason to teach kids to wash their hands well and often!
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
Featured Articles
Head Lice: What Parents Need to Know
Every year, 6 to 12 million children get head lice. Learn how to best check for, treat, and prevent the spread of head lice. Go >
Reports of Enterovirus on the Rise
Parts of the U.S. are experiencing an outbreak of a respiratory illness that has sent hundreds of children to the hospital. Learn more about EV-D68 and how to reduce your child’s risk. Go >
Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease
This mild, contagious viral infection is most common in infants and children under 10. It typically causes sores in the mouth, on the hands and feet, and sometimes other places. Go >
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