Health Issues Overview
If your child is seriously ill or seriously injured and has life threatening symptoms or there is risk of permanent damage then you must get emergency medical treatment for your child. If this is not the case, then get an appointment to discuss the symptoms of your child's illness with your local doctor / general practitioner / paediatrician.
It is important to understand that the information contained in this website and the links we recommend to help you make sense of your child's symptoms is for education purposes only and should only be used alongside the proper professional medical advice. It may help you to ask better questions of your child's health professional. The key thing to remember is to err on the safe side. If you are very worried then trust your gut instinct and seek urgent medical help. Your child's health, and indeed life, could depend on it.
It is highly recommended that you keep up with all of your child's recommended vaccinations which will definitely decrease the risk of your child contracting some serious illnesses such as measles or polio.
The range of general health issues children can have is absolutely huge and it is beyond the scope of this small article to try and go through all possible ones, their symptoms and the possible solutions. However, we have linked to some of the best health websites on the web where you can do exactly that. These websites have been designed by health professionals and are a great source of information and guidance for parents. However, please note that the warning in our paragraph above still stands : always seek appropriate medical advice anyway.
Some of the potential health issues that you may need guidance on
- Allergies & Asthma
- Bad breath and body odour
- Behavioural problems - general
- Behavioural problems - Asperger's, autism, depression, schizophrenia
- Breast problems and development
- Chest & Lungs
- Chronic Conditions
- Developmental Disabilities
- Ear Nose & Throat
- Eating problems
- Emotional Problems
- From Insects or Animals
- Genitals and Urinary Tract
- Growth and development
- Hand, foot and mouth disease
- Head Neck & Nervous System
- Heart & Heart murmurs
- Learning Disabilities
- Liver, kidney and pancreas
- Measles, mumps, rubbella (MMR) and other jabs
- Period problems
- Potty training
- Seizures, spasms and tics
- Sexually Transmitted
- Sleep problems
- Speech problems
- Stomach, bowel and bladder
- Teeth and mouth
- Travel health
The vast amount of information nowadays on the web regarding child health is excellent at educating and informing. We have linked to some great websites. But always remember, sometimes, time is of the essence and in an emergency just get immediate medical advice and let the professionals deal with the situation as fast as possible. Otherwise, of course, use the information to keep your child's health in tip-top condition.
A great website for looking up a vast array of general child health issues is healthychildren.org which is run by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some of the topics covered are 'Abdominal ', 'ADHD ', 'Allergies & Asthma', 'Cancer', 'Chest & Lungs', 'Chronic Conditions', 'Ear Nose & Throat', 'Emotional Problems', 'Eyes', 'Fever', 'From Insects or Animals', 'Genitals and Urinary Tract', 'Head Neck & Nervous System', 'Heart', 'Infections', 'Obesity', 'Orthopedic', 'Skin' and 'Tobacco'.
This resource has a lot of advice on specific problems which some parents have faced and their solutions. Some of the videos 'asthma', 'dyspraxia', 'squint', 'ADHD', 'diabetes', 'disability', 'diet', 'Cystic fibrosis', 'Down's syndrome', 'Lupus in children', 'Meningitis' and 'Sight tests'.
This site claims to be the most highly visited children's health website and has a lot of information about many child health issues. It certainly seems a very good site. The site is split up into three sections - one for parents, one for younger children and one for teens.
Use the easy to navigate avatar system for the girl and boy! Click on the body section of interest and then the subtopics for that body part appear as a submenu. For example, choosing the legs comes up with - 'Finger or Toe Injury', 'Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease', 'Leg Injury', 'Leg Pain' and 'Newborn Appearance Questions'.
A cheap child health app that you can check on the move available on Android and Apple IOS. This is designed for helping out when you are on the go which is derived from best practice protocols in the US and Canada. Read the user reviews and see if you think it is of any use.