5 Health Concerns A Parent Might Run Into

As the season’s change, coming down with a cold or flu is fairly common. This is why you should always schedule an appointment with a physician if your child is seriously ill. There are many other things that may seem like an emergency, but aren’t, and will likely clear up in a day or two. As a parent, we want to do everything in our ability to protect our children. Here is a list of health concerns that parents commonly face regarding young children.

Removing Warts

Warts are a fairly common problem which affects 20% of all children. Although warts aren’t necessarily life-threatening, they are contagious and embarrassing. Warts are commonly caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). This is a virus that invades the skin through a cut or scratch. Warts can be found on the palms, between your fingers, or even on the soles on your feet. There are ways to prevent your child from getting warts, such as promoting healthy hygiene. Oftentimes, a doctor will either use a chemical agent or cauterizing pen to remove a wart.

Skin Tags

The moment you notice a skin tag or growth on your child’s skin, it can be a concern. When a person develops a skin growth, you shouldn’t automatically assume it’s cancerous or life-threatening. A skin tag is a benign skin growth that will usually develop in areas that generate excess friction, including the armpit, neck, and groin. Contrary to popular belief, a skin tag isn’t a mole and will seldom turn into cancer. Skin tags are more commonly found on adults, but children who suffer from obesity will commonly suffer from skin tags. You can help prevent skin tags by removing clothing that irritates the skin and by practicing healthy hygiene. Skin tags seldom require medical assistance and will often go away on their own.

Allergic Reactions

Watching your child’s face swell up is every parent’s worst nightmare. It could be a sign of a severe allergic reaction. There are a plethora of different things that can cause your child to have an allergic reaction, including insect bites, food allergies, dander, and even chemical allergens. These reactions can range from mild to life-threatening. Side effects may include hives, rash, itching, and cause your throat or tongue to swell, which can block the airway and make it hard for your child to breath. It only takes a few moments for an allergic reaction to quickly become life-threatening. Statistics show that more than one million people annually suffer from serious allergic reactions. If you believe your child is having a life-threatening allergic reaction, you should seek medical assistance immediately. Other symptoms of an allergic reaction include abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, and vomiting.

Nose Bleeds

It doesn’t matter if you’re a grownup or child, there is nothing more embarrassing than getting a nose bleed. It is fairly common in kids ages 3 to 10. Watching blood pour out of your child’s

nose can seem alarming, but it usually is not as dramatic as it seems. Nose bleeds are common and seldom require medical assistance. There are two different types of nose bleeds: posterior and anterior. Anterior are caused by ruptured blood vessels and tend to be fairly common. Posterior nose bleeds are usually caused by facial or nose injuries. Most nose bleeds are commonly caused by dry air, picking, allergies, or bacterial infection.

Pinkeye Conjunctivitis or as it is commonly referred to as “pinkeye” is a condition that causes the inner eyelid and the white part of the eye to become inflamed. It is common in young kids but not usually serious. If your child contracts pinkeye, it’s important to take them to a doctor as soon as possible. Pinkeye is commonly caused by bacteria or a virus such as a sore throat or respiratory infection which can spread to others as soon as symptoms appear. Luckily, pinkeye is fairly easy to treat with antibiotic eye drops or ointment. You can prevent pinkeye by teaching your kids to wash their hands and by changing their pillowcases regularly.

These are just some of the reasons why you might take your child to the doctor. When raising kids, there is always something that can happen to cause concern. Stay calm and get a doctor’s opinion if you are not sure if it is a problem or not.

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