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Croup is a very common childhood infection that is quite easy to recognise by the sound of the barking cough. Although this condition isn’t usually serious, you might be wondering what has caused your child’s cough and how infectious croup in children might be.
When your child has a cough it is usually fair to assume that it is the result of an infection and in most cases you will be right. You would probably be very surprised if a childrens respiratory specialist told you that there is nothing physically wrong with your child. However, this could be exactly what happens if your child has developed a habit cough.
Summer can add to sleep problems in children because the warmer weather and lighter evenings can make it much harder to enjoy a full night’s sleep. Here is some simple advice to help you to create a more comfortable sleeping environment for your child in summer.
Vaccinations are an important part of your child‘s routine healthcare, but there are some vaccinations that are not usually offered to children in the UK. One of these is the chickenpox vaccine, which is part of the routine childhood vaccinations in some other countries.
Allergies in children need to be taken seriously, especially when a severe reaction could be life-threatening. Unfortunately, the new Peter Rabbit film doesn’t seem to have got this message. It includes a scene in which a character is pelted with blackberries by others who are aware that he is allergic to them.
Coughs are a common symptom, but they can be caused by anything from a mild cold to a serious chest infection in a child. Although coughs can usually be managed at home, it is a good idea to see a doctor if you think that it is caused by a chest infection.
An asthma attack can be very scary, for both you and your child, but it will be easier if you are well prepared. Using medication and avoiding triggers can reduce the chances of an attack, but you still need to know what to do if it happens. Your respiratory paediatrician will ensure you know exactly how to respond.
All parents feel a bit anxious about sending their child off to school, but it can be even more worrying when you have to consider the impact of asthma in children.
Passive or second-hand smoking is harmful for anyone who shares space with a smoker. Even if you can’t see the smoke around you, it can still damage your lungs and increase the risk of lung cancer, cot death, and infections such as bronchitis in babies and young people.
Pneumonia in children can usually be treated at home in the same way as flu, but it is important to see a doctor if you think that your child might have a lung infection as additional treatment is sometimes needed.
Sleep problems in children can happen at any time of the year, but they are particularly common in summer. The combination of warmer weather and lighter evenings can make it difficult for children to get to sleep and rest comfortably. However, there are a few things you can do to make it easier for children to sleep well.
Getting vaccinations is an important part of caring for your child’s health as those jabs can protect your child against some potentially serious illnesses. Child vaccinations can help to protect other people too and even to eliminate diseases forever.
Telling the difference between hay fever and a cold can be tricky, as children will often have very similar symptoms. Both of these conditions can leave your child with a runny or blocked nose and make them cough or sneeze frequently. However, the causes and treatments for these conditions are very different, so it is important to know which one you are dealing with.
It can be difficult to know when your child needs to see a doctor, even when you’re dealing with coughs, colds and other obvious symptoms. When you are faced with a sleep problem, it can be even more difficult to know when you need help. However, there can be some very good reasons to seek advice from a children’s sleep specialist.
Recognizing asthma in children can be difficult, particularly if they are too young to tell you how they feel. All children catch coughs and colds that affect their breathing, and running around all day can often leave them breathless. However, if you think that your child might have asthma it is important to see a doctor. If the symptoms are severe and your child is having trouble breathing you should seek emergency care immediately.