Non Chronic Childhood Conditions

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As children grow up and come into contact with the world, they are exposed to a number of fungi, bacteria and viruses that can potentially infect them and put their health at risk. While some of these infections can be potentially fatal, others are far milder and tend to disappear with the proper treatment in less than a few weeks. These less serious, highly treatable cases are generally known as non-chronic childhood conditions.

In this section, we will outline and explain some of the most common non-chronic childhood conditions. Our articles describe the causes and symptoms of, as well as the treatments for, a variety of non-chronic childhood conditions.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea, one of the most common non-chronic childhood conditions, is an affliction marked by frequent, loose and, at times, uncontrollable bowel movements. In general, adults and babies alike experience diarrhea as a result of their bodies trying to expel some harmful foreign agent, such as bacteria or viruses.

Because your body flushes out so much waste when you suffer from diarrhea, you can become extremely dehydrated quickly. As a result, one of the most important parts of the course of diarrhea treatment revolves around drinking plenty of clear fluids to combat dehydration. Here is some more information on the symptoms of and treatments for diarrhea.

Ear Infections

Ear infections, caused by either bacteria or viruses, are generally symptoms of some other, more serious underlying condition. Because ear infections are typically painful, parents are usually able to immediately identify whether or not their children suffer from an ear infection. The most common symptoms associated with an ear infection are pain in the ears, difficulty hearing and troubles balancing.

If you suspect that your child suffers from an ear infection, seek immediate medical attention, as untreated infections can cause serious health problems. However, various medications and procedures are effective at treating ear infections.

Failure to Thrive

Unlike some of the other non-chronic childhood conditions, failure to thrive (FTT) is an extremely generic condition that is marked by a severe retardation in a child’s mental and physical development. While some cases of FTT are due simply to malnourishment, others result from psychological issues.

As a result, treatment for failure to thrive can range from administering the proper nutrition to getting therapy to identify and treat the psychological issues. Although the causes of this condition tend to be ambiguous, there are some things you can do to prevent failure to thrive.

Intussusception

Intussusception, a condition that is most common in infants under two, occurs when a person’s intestines telescope into each other, blocking his bowels. When anyone suffers from intussusception, he experiences extreme fatigue, watery bowels and abdominal pain. Enemas (with air or a barium solution) or surgery are two of the common treatments for intussusception.

Newborn Jaundice

Coming from the French word that translates to “yellow,” jaundice is a condition that causes a person’s skin and occasionally the whites of his eyes to take on a yellowish hue. When a baby’s body can’t efficiently process and excrete old red blood cells, bilirubin (a by-product of red blood cells) builds up in the blood, yellowing the baby’s skin.

Although the presence of jaundice indicates liver malfunction, this condition doesn’t mean that your baby has a permanent liver disorder. Instead, it merely highlights that the baby’s liver has not yet fully matured. In a manner of a few weeks, his liver will likely mature enough to effectively process biliruin. Exposing affect children to fluorescent light that breaks down the bilirubin is the most common treatment for jaundice.

Resources

KidsHealth (updated April 2005). Failure to Thrive. Retrieved August 2, 2007 from the Kids Health Web site: http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/failure_thrive.html.

Postgraduate Medicine (2002). Diarrhea. Retrieved August 2, 2007 from the Postgraduate Medicine Web site: http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2002/01_02/pn_diarrhea.htm.

Xlear (2007). Ear Infection Symptoms. Retrieved August 3, 2007 from the Xlear Inc Web site: http://www.xlear.com/articles/ear-infection-symptoms.aspx.

eMedicine (nd). Pediatrics, Intussusception. Retrieved August 2, 2007 from the eMedicine Web site: http://www.emedicine.com/EMERG/topic385.htm.

MedicineNet (updated March 24, 2005). Jaundice. Retrieved August 2, 2007 from the MedicineNet Web site: http://www.medicinenet.com/jaundice/article.htm.