Otitis Media is one of the most common causes of ear ache in young children. It is an infection of the middle ear caused by bacteria.
At the onset of OM, your child will exhibit the following symptoms
But this is no cause for alarm. If detected earl and treated, the infection can be cured in 10-14 days.
Another common childhood disease, Atopic Dermatitis (AD) or childhood eczema is characterised by severe itching, scratching, crying and irritability. Children aged below 6 are more likely to suffer from AD.
This is an infectious disease but it is NOT contagious. This means you cannot pass it on to someone or ‘catch it’ from someone who is infected.
AD looks different on different children. Patches appear on the elbows, behind the knees, extremities, all four limbs, trunk, scalp, face and even across the entire body
AD typically flares up from time to time and the things that cause it to flare up are called triggers. And there are many.
When allergens from the environment enter the skin and irritate the underlying layers of the skin, the skin becomes dry and itchy.
It is hard to say what edibles cause AD and the list may include milk, eggs, nuts, fish, legumes and pulses, wheat and soya and some vegetables
Children who have AD have sensitive skin. Hence, sudden changes in temperature are bound to cause the condition to flare up.
Children suffering from Ad tend to have low immunity. As a result, they are vulnerable to all types of infections. As a result, the infections tend to:
Many children who have AD are low on morale, nervous and shy. Stressful situations such as examinations, competitions and excess homework could act as emotional triggers.