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Mom's Survival Guide for Children's Illnesses

Updated on October 26, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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It is that time of year, fall has barely just begun and along with it comes some common household illnesses, especially for young kids. In my own house alone, I have as most already know two daughters (3 years old and almost 2 years old), both have already been sick by now for the first time this Fall season. My 3 year old had a virus, which was accompanied by vomiting, fever and then left her with a cough. My almost 2 year old has had a fever also and so far knock on wood nothing else.

As most, moms I hate seeing my kids ill and I also selfishly hate having to take care of them, especially when they are sick for a few days and have to hear constant crying and whining accompanied with these illnesses. The lack of sleep alone from having a sick child in the house could drive even the sanest quite mad.

By the way, my household gets their yearly flu shots too around this time as an added boost for our immune systems to try to help us all fight off whatever may ail us.

So now I have compiled a list of common sicknesses in children their symptoms, treatments and when to even call their pediatrician. After having little one’s in the house for the last three years, I have learned what to expect and how to go about handling all sorts of scenarios too. This is pretty much mom’s survival guide 101 for the upcoming fall/winter flu season.

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1. Common Cold (Upper Respiratory Infection or URI)

At the sight of the first runny now, I admit the Germaphobe in me cringes. I know what will be coming next and it usually isn't a pretty sight. So here we go:

Symptoms:

  • Runny Nose (usually clear and watery at first and turn yellowish or greenish)
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Sometimes Fever (in toddlers)
  • Scratchy Throat
  • Dry cough (usually worse at night)
  • Fatigue and tiredness

Cause:

  • Usually is viral (most prevalent is known as Rhinovirus)
  • Because toddlers especially have few opportunities to build up immunities they are much more susceptible.
  • Hand to hand contact
  • Through droplet contact from sneezes or coughs or even playing with a toy that another child who is sick had. (Kids usually are more prone to touching their mouth and putting things near it)

Treatment:

  • Usually lasts for about 7-10 fun-filled days (yes that is my sarcasm coming through just a bit!)
  • Time to relax (naps help)
  • Use a humidifier if possible to help dry up and clear nasal passages.
  • Decongestants (but be sure to ask the doctor what is allowed and the dosage by child's weight). For example, Emma is small for her age and I am told the exact dosage for her weight of Children's Benedrayal from her pediatrician (better safe than sorry here).
  • Child's Tylenol or Motrin (again ask the doctor for the correct dosage by weight). This helps with the fever and/or aches and pains too. Usually the child get s dose of Tylenol and then with-in 4-6 hours get a dose of Motrin. You switch them off every other dose, but please do ask your pediatrician if you aren't sure.

When to Call the Doctor:

If your child:

  • Has greenish or yellowish foul-smelling phlegm or nasal discharge
  • Trouble breathing (rapid breathing)
  • Chest Discomfort
  • A worsening cough that just won't go away.
  • Trouble Swallowing
  • If you can see spots (yellowish or white) on the throat
  • Swollen Glands
  • Ear Pulling (could be an Ear Infection)
  • Has a fever over 102o. Or a low grade fever that lasts for more than 4 days.

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2. Croup

Last year, Emma (my older child) woke up during the night and it sounded as thought heir was a seal in the room. Of course there wasn't and in fact it was just my small child indeed coughing. But we did get concerned and brought her to the pediatrician the very next morning and was told that she had Croup, which is what makes the cough sound like a barking seal.

Symptoms:

  • Sudden onset of a bark-like cough possibly during the middle of the night
  • Gasping for breath
  • Hoarseness
  • May or may not be accompanied by a fever
  • May last several days up to a week

Causes:

  • Narrowing of the airways due to an inflammation of the larynx and trachea.
  • Could be from an allergy, viral infection or both.
  • Possible transmission is from direct contact with someone else who had it.

Treatment:

  • Inhaling steam
  • Cool night air
  • Humidifier
  • Severe cases may need inhaled steroids to help open airway passages.

When to Call the Doctor:

  • Immediately if it is the child's first case of croup (like my daughter Emma)
  • If the child has trouble breathing.
  • If it is arepeat case, just try to follow the doctor's orders from the previous case.

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3. Sore Throat

I have to admit so far I have been on the luckier side and not had too much experience with just sore throats, but last week when Emma was sick she was tested for Strep Throat, because apparently the beginnings or onset of Strep can be detected by possible vomiting, which did actually happen to Emma. Thankfully the culture came back negative, but here is what to look out for with throat ailments and possible Strep too.

Symptoms:

  • Pain and difficultly swallowing and is also sometimes accompanied with a cold.
  • If it is Strep, the child may have a low grade fever, irritability, loss of appetite and even swollen glands too.

Causes:

  • Allergy
  • Cold Virus (the good old Rhinovirus)
  • Group A Streptococcus bacteria
  • is usually transmitted the same as the cold virus
  • Could last for a few days; if strep will respond to treatment within a day or two.

Treatment:

  • Warm liquids (soothing and not acidic)
  • Humidifier
  • Tylenol or Motrin for the pain, but only once Strep is indeed ruled out.
  • If it is strep, then an antibiotic is the best treatment.

When to call the doctor:

  • If thought that it is indeed strep to have a throat culture performed.
  • Fever is over 101o F.

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4. Ear Infection

Up until last year, I was proud to be able to say that I only had to deal with this once when my older daughter was an infant. At around 5 months old, Emma developed an ear infection. It was right after Christmas and she would not sleep except on me one night . It was plain torture for her and for me too. I immediately took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with an ear infection. She was prescribed amoxicillin. This, though did not work, because within a day or two she was still miserable and back at her doctor, where it was determined that she now had a double ear infection. she was finally prescribed a stronger antibiotic, which did the trick thankfully and the ear infection finally cleared up.

However last winter, my younger daughter at a little over a year old got her first ear infection and she was not so lucky. She was a repeat offender off and on all winter. I feared tubes, but thankfully somehow she seemed to grow out of them, but still not a fun experience for her or mom either. Here are some tell-tale sign, treatments and doctor's visit information.

Symptoms:

  • Usually ear pain in one or both ears (double ear infection)
  • Pain often worsens at night, because lying down actually causes the pressure in the ear to change.
  • You may see the child tugging at his/her ear or even clutching it.
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Possible nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, loose stools
  • The ear drum is usually red and bulging

Causes:

  • Bacteria and/or viruses can move into the middle ear from the nose or the throat into the ear which isn't draining properly.
  • Usually due from either the cold virus (Rhinovirus rears its ugly head again!), sinusitis, sore throat or allergies.

Treatment:

  • Take the child to the doctor immediately if thought to be an ear infection, because the best course of treatment is an antibiotic.
  • Make sure that your child has no allergies to the prescribed medicine. (My younger daughter was actually allergic to one of the antibiotics and was having loose bowel movements all day long about 8-10 times in a 24 hour period. She had to stop treatment and was then given something else).
  • Children's Tylenol and/or Motrin again for pain.

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5. Sinusitis

Again, we have been lucky to have so far escaped this illness in my household, but for those who may not be so lucky, please read on.

Symptoms:

  • A secondary sinus infection
  • Cold symptoms that continued for more than 10 days
  • Discharge that is clear, thick and yellowish or even whitish
  • Cough day and night
  • Swelling around the sinuses in the eyes, causing headache, eye and face pain.

Cause:

  • Bacteria
  • Allergy or even injury

Treatment:

  • Call the doctor, because antibiotics are usually the first course of treatment.
  • If antibiotics, don't work, then sinuses may be drained and/or irrigated.

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6. UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)

It was early summer and Emma had been potty trained for a few months. She had stayed dry for months now and all of a sudden two nights in a row she wet the bed. Then she began to complain of pain in that area. I took her to the doctor and lo and behold she had been given a urine culture to find out that she had a UTI. She was given antibiotics and her symptoms were pretty much cleared up by the end of the first day of treatment.

Symptoms:

  • Often, frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Pain above the pubic bone
  • Incontinence
  • Tired and fever possible

Causes:

  • Bacteria that enters through the urethra. More common in girls, because the urethra is shorter in girls and can travel up it easier.
  • Most often the bacteria can enter from the stool contaminating the urethra.

Treatment:

  • Again antibiotic treatment is the first course of action here; so a trip to the doctor is necessary.
  • Child should be hydrated properly.
  • Cranberry juice has been known also to be helpful from having bacteria re-enter the urinary tract and urethra.
  • When children are potty training make sure to teach little girls (proper sanitary techniques) especially to wipe from front to back.
  • Avoid tight pants with breathable cotton like fabrics.
  • Avoid irritating bubble baths and/or soaps.

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7. Constipation

Both of my kids have battled this at one point or another in their short little lives. Emma had issues from the first weeks of her life. She had problems digesting lactose and dairy in her formula and ended up on a Hypoallergenic formula that was neither dairy nor soy based. As she has gotten older, she doesn't have any issues with milk based products now, but still from time to time if she doesn't get enough fruits and fiber in her diet. Lily never really had this problem as an infant, but did have problems with constipation when we first switched her from formula to whole milk (even though Idid follow the gradual switching as per the pediatrician's instructions). So I do have my fair share of experience with this tummy issue.

Symptoms:

  • Small, hard stools every 3 or 4 days or even if they are passed daily
  • They are difficult and quite painful to pass

Causes:

  • Diet low in fiber and fluids
  • May occur during temporary illness
  • Sometimes can even occur in children who are potty training, who are scared to perform.

Treatment:

  • More Fiber to the diet
  • More Fluids also
  • Exercise can also help.
  • Lubrication, like Vasoline can help at the anal opening to have the movement come out easier.

When to Call the Doctor:

  • When a toddler hasn't had a bowel movement for 4 to 5 days.
  • When it is accompanied by abdominal pain and/or vomiting.
  • When it is chronic and nothing else seems to work.

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8. Diarrhea

Having two young kids, I have also had my fair share of cleaning up messes of the other variety with diarrhea. This past summer Emma had a stomach bug and my poor child was using the bathroom about 6 times over the course of the day. One of the times she barely actually made it there and at 3 year old still wasn't completely understanding what she was going through or why. All she kept telling me was, "My tummy hurts". It was truly pathetic and again not a fun experience.

Symptoms:

  • Two or three or even more liquidy stools in a 24 hour period.
  • If it last more 2 to 3 weeks it could be more of a chronic issue.

Causes:

  • Could be from Micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, or even parasites.
  • Eating too much of certain food, such as fresh or dried fruit, prunes, fruit juices.
  • Allergy to certain foods or medication, such as dairy or an antibiotic.
  • Teething can also cause this

Treatment:

  • Drinking plenty water based products, because milk may irritate this condition more).
  • Eating easy to digest food (such toast, bananas, fruit (apple/pears) sauces, rice, plain pasta, potatoes, cereal.

When to Call the Doctor:

  • If the child shows physical signs of dehydration.
  • If it lasts longer than 24 hours.

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9. Influenza (Flu)

I have to be honest and tell you that neither of my children have actually had the flu. My knowledge of the flu is from myself. I had it as a child and also a few years back the winter right after I met my husband. From what I can remember I never want to have this disease again. This is why I successfully get a flu shot every year now in September at the beginning of the flu season.

Symptoms:

  • Sudden headache and fever accompanied with chills and shaking too.
  • Fatigue
  • Achiness
  • Dry Cough
  • May include nausea and vomiting

Causes:

  • Influenza A and B

Treatment:

  • Lots of fluids
  • Rest
  • Humidifier
  • Tylenol or Motrin for the pain

When to See the Doctor:

  • Pretty much a rule of thumb, if you think it could be the flu, the child should be taken to see their doctor.

Summing It Up...

So there you have the above are the most common illnesses that do occur to children broken down by symptom, causes, treatment and when to call the pediatrician if need be. Remember this, if you are a parent do try to go with your gut. If you are still unsure about when to call your child's doctor, but feel something just isn't right that call to their doctor may very well be the one thing that does ease your mind a bit; then by all means make the phone call. Trust me there have been times even after using all the prior knowledge that has been afforded to me that I am still not sure and have made that call. And I have never been sorry, because my children's health is the most important thing.

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About the Author...

Janine is a freelance writer and mom of two. She is known for being a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls right now. Life can totally get hectic and has learned to perfect and improvise all day and night too, because of this. You can checkout her profile and more of her family related articles here.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks DDE and hope this has helped at least a few!!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well presented hub and you have made your points very clear to all readers. A well informed advise.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Denise, thank you so very much for saying such kind words on this one, as well as the votes and the pin, too!!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a fantastic hub, Janine. It is so detailed and well organized! I'm voting it up / U/A/I and pinning it. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Terrye and can tell you we also have had our fair share and have learned so much since the very first time Emma was sick as an infant (mainly that I hate when they are sick!), but seriously hope to help out all with this one!!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Lots of wonderful advice and a get list of symptoms! I think we run the gambit over the course of a school year. Will be keeping this handy and sharing. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so much Katya and will take a look at your site, too!!

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      Katya 4 years ago

      Thank you Janine! It's a new one and in Russian but may be it will be of any interest to you :) klimenkovy.blogspot.com

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Katya, thank you much for reading and sharing a bit of your culture here with us. Also, please feel free to share my article by linking it to your blog. I appreciate that you want to share what I have written here with others. I would love to see and your blog. If you get a moment, please let me know the url. I too have a blog and would love to be able to share from mine with you as well. Thanks so much again :) :)

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      Katya 4 years ago

      Janie, thanks for the nice article! In the country I come from it is quite normal to have antibiotics treatment even if you have the virus! I hate this! But most moms do not know that viruses can't be killed by them they just believe to doctors. And our mentality is like that: if a doctor says you need a humidifier and a lot of water to drink a mom will consider him a bad doctor and she will go to another one who priscribe anything and the longer the list (as a rule there's an ntibiotic there plus 3-4 items effectiveness of which has never been proved) the higher his prestige. If you don't mind my shariing some information from your article in my blog with the link to your article i'd highly appreciate this! thx again

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Nyamache, my pleasure to share this with all and am with you that I do totally feel bad when kids are sick, but as I said in the beginning I also hate it because I know, because selfishly I don't want to be sick either. Thank you seriously for reading and your kind words, too!!!

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      You have listed detailed information that will really help some of us when it comes to taking care of children's illness. I usually feel very sorry when a toddler suffers from cold. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Anil and Honey, thank you so very much. No I am not a doctor, just a mom of two small girls 16 months apart and have seen so much in my few short years with young kids. I have lost count how many doctor's visits and illness we have seen. So this hub was written out of all of that and just wanted to share to help others with young kids. Thank you again :) :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so very much for comments here. So happy to see you back Sasha and have missed you. The baby colds are the worst and from so reason no one goes unscathed. Can totally relate and so very happy to share this one. Thanks also for the votes and share, too!!

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Wonderful hub, are you a doctor?. any way congratulations.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      What a great hub Janine! So very useful!! I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old and had to deal with our very first sickness... a cold for my 10 month old... and now I'm getting over it myself, lol.

      Voting this a bunch and sharing!! Fantastic hub!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, thank you and I so try to laugh about stuff at times, because even the most dire situations need a bit of laughter infused to keep one's sanity in check. That said seriously happy to share this one and thank you again for the votes, too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sueko, I actually did hear of this one my daughter had what appeared to be rash over the summer and was thinking of including here, but was trying to stick to more of the common winter and fall diseases for kids. Maybe I should have included though and could always edit and add. Thank you again for your kind words here :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I love how you always write with humor, no matter what the subject...just enough to make us smile as we read! You've certainly pinpointed what motherhood CAN be all about. I'm sure this will be a great guide for new mothers since they never really know what to expect!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sueko Sasaki BASW 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri, The Ozark Mountains

      Super work, Janine! Your info was more complete than some medical books and parenting manuals. When you get some time, google Fifth Disease. It is common, contagious and truly a menace to our kiddos. One nearby county has 200 reported cases in just a couple of days.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Linda. Unfortunately I do know my illnesses from having had most if not all occur to my two kids at one time or another, but I do totally appreciate the wish of a germ-free winter here. My finers and toes are crossed for that one lol :) :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Well done Janine! You know your illnesses, is that a good thing or bad? :) Either way you know how to tend to the ailments. It's no fun being sick. With the girls a germ-free winter season.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Rebecca, truly so nice of you to think this could be a HOTD of the day and I just truly hope it helps other mothers in need with sick children. Thank you again :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Elle64, thank you so much for saying that and I just try to be prepared when I need to :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Lovedoctor926, thank you for your kind words here. We are doing Ok since Sandy, we had our power out for 2 days (were without electricity and heat), but thankfully nothing much worse. Still have family without electricity and heat, but in the grand scheme of things am just thankful that it wasn't anything worse, because there are people in the next town over who lost everything. So scary and thanks for asking and thinking of us :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a totally awesome Hub for Moms everywhere as they deal with the kids getting sick. I will 'share everywhere 'as well. I look for this to be HOTD soon!

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      elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      I think your children are fortunate to have such an prepared mum for illnes,excellent hubs

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      A very well-presented hub. Good information and useful. I meant to ask you how you were doing after Hurricane Sandy. Hope all is well.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Cyndi, thank you so much for all your continued support and happy to just be trying to get back on track :) :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! Look at all this experience you have dealing with these two little ones! I'm impressed. I also hope that you continue to get back on track with all the turmoil up your way. Thinking of you. :)

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Great hub Janine, informative and essential. I can't even imagine what takes for a mom to take care of her children, ufff..

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I agree Janine...kids sick is torturing for any mom. My kid just recoverc from a viral and it was sleepless nights for me.

      You have explained each illness so well...awesome.

      Stay safe n dry, Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh I know how you feel about this and that is why I wrote this because I like to be covered in any situation and wanted to help others too :) Thanks for the votes, too!!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Had to share this one! Great hub loaded with useful info. Amazingly my daughter has only had a little cold so far this school year (knock wood!). But I am still never quite sure what is what when she does get sick. Useful and Up!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Alecia and so very appreciate your kind words votes, and share, too :)

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is good information for moms and caretakers! Voted up and useful.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Ruby for reading and commenting too and very much appreciate the share also :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Eddy and do very much hope that this will help those who also have small children, too. Again hope your weekend is going good :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great info. for anyone with small children. Thank's for the share..

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Again a brilliant share Janine; your well informed hubs are sure to benefit many readers with small children.

      Have awonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, thanks for stopping back and leaving a comment now. I really appreciate that, your kind words and for the votes and share, too!! Thanks you :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I caught this earlier but wanted to stop in and leave a comment on how much I enjoyed this hub post. It is a real life saver for moms. Voted up and sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Nell that sounded truly awful and thought Emma having an ear infection right after her first Christmas was miserable. Thanks for sharing and very much appreciate your kind comments, votes and share too :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      What a great comprehensive hub, and so useful. I remember it well when my son was tiny, one illness after another. In fact one Christmas he went down with mumps, went back to school, got sent home the same day again with chickenpox! I of course caught glandular fever from someone on the bus, then a virus! that was fun! lol! voted up and shared, nell

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Stephanie, thank you seriously for kind words here and hope we too can be as lucky as you and your kids, but just in case we aren't at least I know what I am dealing with and how to go about taking care of them!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Steph, it is truly scary when your kids don't feel well and I remember the very first time my older was sick feeling helpless and just wanted to put this together to help other moms, too!! Thank you :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, happy to share and we too got our flu shots a few weeks ago, because I truly have no time to get sick with the flu, literally!! Thank you so much as always for your kind words and support, too!!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I love the detail of your article. It is like one-stop shopping for common childhood illness. I have been quite lucky that my naturopathic and herbal studies are paying off. It seems I have had good luck with minimizing the impact of illness on my kids this season. Thanks for the lovely work.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you. It's always scary when your child doesn't feel well. Thanks for the tips.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      I got my flu shot 3 days ago! But you did so well with this hub. So many stories came back to us. We visited the emergency room so many times. Nice research from a real mommy!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ignugent17, thank you so much for the votes, share and your kind words here, too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Becky, thank you for saying that and glad you could enjoy!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol, thank you so much for looking even though you don't have young kids anymore. Glad you remember those days and very much appreciate your kindness, votes and sharing, too!!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Great information Janine and very useful. Parents will surely need this.

      Voted up and more! :-)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Your honesty is refreshing. Wonderful guide for guardians everywhere!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Even though I don't have young children,,,I thought Iwould take a look at this. I remember those days well. You have put together a great hub covering all the temporary illnesses..and then some. Voting UP and sharing...This is very valuable.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, I truly do hate seeing them sick, but glad you understood my comment, because I know when they are sick that their truly is no rest happening here and that no fun will be had either. Thank you much as always :) :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Richard, your comment truly I think is the best and laughed so hard when I read it this morning. Thanks so much as always and glad you could relate on the health aspect of this one, too :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, thank you so much and glad that others can relate to how I feel when my kids are sick. Thank you alos for the share, too!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Janine, very useful hub - I smiled when i read that you 'selfishly' didn't want to have to look after them but we've all been there and it is certainly not a pleasure at times :o( They are hard work when they are small but it's so awful to see them unwell isn't it?

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Janine - I have a tummy ache! My mommy was taking a nap, and I got into the chocolate cake. It tasted so good with the marshmallows I found. And the chocolate syrup made it really taste sweet. Then, I found the Captain Crunch cereal, and put it on top of the rest of the cake and the marshmallows and the chocolate syrup. And mom always puts sugar on the cereal, so I put some on the cake, too. I guess my question is, "Will I be able to sleep tonight?" Janine, actually a very good hub on basic health care. Great Job!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Whoa! Lots of great advice here. I don't think that you're being selfish when you say you don't want to take care of your kids when they are sick...it's not that you don't want to, but that it is quite draining so time out must be taken when it happens. Hopefully rotate with your other half! Filing these tips and sharing as usual!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Bill and I truly couldn't help but be honest here. I hate when my kids are sick, because then I get even less sleep if that is possible and we all know how sleep is truly a hot commodity already in my home, lol!! Totally appreciate your support as always and the share too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very detailed information my friend. I love how you say you selfishly don't like to take care of your kids when they are sick....I think most parents, if they are being honest, would say that.

      Well done as always; sharing!