Getting sick is a normal part of life and one we all will deal with at one point. Knowing how to get through that sickness so that you can get back on your feet quicker, however, is the best course of action. To do this, all you need to do is know the most common illnesses, which differ from children to adults, and what you can do to both prevent these illnesses and deal with them when they do happen. Be prepared, and you’ll get through your next cold with ease:
Illnesses are different in children than they are in adults because childhood is when the immune system is still learning. As such, parents can expect:
No one is immune to the common cold or even the flu. Preventive methods include getting the flu shot, though it isn’t strictly necessary. When your child (or you) do contract the flu, over-the-counter medicines and plenty of fluids are often the best way to treat it. If you do worry that the flu or cold is getting out of hand, always see a doctor. This is particularly important in children. What you might think is a common cold might be something like mononucleosis or symptoms of a serious infection. If it ever feels like the illness is getting out of hand, visit the hospital immediately.
It can be scary to have your child in the hospital for any reason, but you have to stay strong and objective. It is up to you to push for second opinions and further diagnoses, and even contact medical claim experts if you believe negligence is occurring in any form. Don’t take your child’s health lightly – safeguard it.
Chickenpox is common amongst children. In fact, children can handle chicken pox much easier than adults can. That is why it is more of a worry if your child does not get it. In children, chickenpox arises as a mild fever and red, itchy spots that go away in a week or two. In adults, however, chickenpox can cause skin infections, pneumonia, encephalitis, shingles and joint inflammation. That is why if your child didn’t get the chicken pox, it is wise you get vaccinated against it immediately.
Food allergies are common, and aside from having an EpiPen and teaching your child how to use it, the best method of prevention is to simply avoid the foods they are allergic to.
Though adults do suffer from colds, flu, and allergies, the illnesses that threaten them most often are cardiovascular diseases. Over half a million people die of heart disease every year in the United States, which equates to about 1 in 4 deaths. The best way to avoid these diseases, however, is in preventative measures and good habits. Unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle almost always lead to heart complications later in life. A healthy diet and regular exercise can do wonders to reducing your risk of heart disease, and these habits also extend your life expectancy and quality of life.
Common illnesses are typically easy to treat, either with medicine or through preventative measures. It is up to you to know the most common illness, their symptoms, and their treatment methods so that you can ensure your family and yourself are as healthy as you can be.