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Childhood diseases and ailments quiz

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Kids seem to catch EVERYTHING!

And while today’s kids are fortunate — vaccinations have drastically decreased the number of deaths from common childhood ailments — certain childhood diseases, such as pertussis, are actually on the upswing.

Would you recognize a case of whooping cough if you saw it?

1.   This viral disease begins with a fever, followed by a rash after one or two days. The rash usually starts as red spots, and then turn into blisters filled with fluid. Within a few days, crusts form over the blisters. New spots may also appear over the next few days. The rash may be very itchy.





2.   The symptoms are a stuffed-up nose, lessened appetite and mild fatigue. A sore throat and mild cough are somewhat common. Sometimes there is a mild fever.





3.   The child has a fever, cough, tiredness and an aching body. There may be a sore throat, hoarseness and the glands in the neck may swell. Loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea are also common.





4.   This disease often begins like a common cold. Later there is fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The lining of the throat and larynx gets red and swollen, and a barking cough develops. The voice gets hoarse and breathing can get rapid and noisy.





5.   First, there is a very red rash on the cheeks that looks as if the child has been slapped. After one to four days, a red, lace-like rash appears on the arms, then the rest of the body. The rash may last one to three weeks and there may also be a fever. The illness is often mild in children, who may not feel sick.





6.   The symptoms are fever, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, lack of energy, a skin rash and small, painful ulcers in the mouth. The skin rash appears on the hands and feet, but may also be on other parts of the body.





7.  A skin infection that usually appears around the mouth, nose and exposed parts of skin as a rash with cluster of red bumps or blisters that may ooze or be covered with a honey-colored crust.





8. There is pus or watery discharge from the eye. The pus may make the eyelids stick together. There is a scratchy or painful feeling in the eyes, and the whites of the eyes turn pink or red.





9. Breathing is difficult and there is a strong cough, which may produce yellow or green phlegm, and/or is so severe that it cause vomiting or turning red in the face. Fever may also be present.





10. The symptoms are fever, headache, neck pain or stiffness, pain when looking at bright lights, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, tiredness and sleepiness. May infect other parts of the body and cause skin rash, runny nose, sore throat, earache, cough, difficulty breathing and diarrhea.







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One Response to Childhood diseases and ailments quiz

  1. My experience of caring for mostly infants with pertussis while a nurse at Children’s Hospital in Dallas, is there was never a rash reported. These babies suffered from breathing complications mainly.

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