Infectious Diseases in Kids
From Ingrid Koo, Ph.D., former About.com Guide
Getting pregnant weakens your immune system, making you prone to more infectious diseases. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases can be harmful to growing fetuses. Find out more about infections and pregnancy.
Infectious Diseases and Daycare Centers
Daycare centers and preschools are notorious for spreading infectious diseases. How bad are they really, and what can I do to ensure a safer, healthier daycare or preschool for my child?
Common Kids' Infections
Get profiles of specific infectious diseases. Learn about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention tips for each kind of infection.
- Top Germs that Kids Get
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Ear Infections
- Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (Coxsackie Virus)
- Is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Deadly?
- Mononucleosis (a.k.a. Mono or Kissing Disease)
- Strep Throat
- Whooping Cough(Pertussis)
Infections in Older Kids
Infectious diseases are common in young kids who are still trying to grasp the concept of good personal hygiene. But older kids and teenagers exposed to different social situations are also prone to certain infections. Here are some common infections found in older kids.
Vaccines and Prevention
Which vaccines are needed for your child? What are some handy tips for preventing infections in your children? Find out how to keep your kids healthy.
- Purell: Friend or Foe?
- MMR Vaccine: Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Rotavirus Vaccine for Preventing Infant Diarrheal Disease
- Why is Pasteurized Milk Safer?
- 10 Tips to Prevent Infection
- Safe Food Preparation and Kitchen Hygiene
- Overview of Vaccines
- Is Baby Bottle Sterilization Necessary?
- Autism and the MMR Vaccine
For fellow parents out there, here are some of my personal experiences with my own kids and infectious diseases.
- Swine Flu: A Mother's Perspective
- Sid the Science Kid and Infectious Diseases
- Sugar Bribes for Flu Shots