All About Common Childhood Ailments 

 Originally Written: August 16, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

Do you have an active child? Active kids are bound to pick up germs and get hurt every once in a while. Hope this simple guide will help you have remedy-ready when your child will need a simple treatment, some comfort and a little tender loving care.

For Minor Scraps and Bruises:

That means any breaks in child’s skin and with bleeding and some pain

Simple directions:

  1. Clean with mild soap and lukewarm water
  2. Treat with antibiotic cream like Polysporin to speed healing and provide a moist, healing environment to minimize scarring
  3. Cover with an adhesive bandage until the wound is completely healed

Cold and Flu Symptoms:

That means sore throat, runny and stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing and achiness possibly with fever, chills, aches,m dry cough.

Treatment :

  1. Drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest
  2. A medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen will help releive aches, pains and fever
  3. Use a cold mist humidifier and saline nose sprays for congestion
  4. Gargle with salt water to soothe sore throat
  5. See physician if symptoms worsen

Stomach Flu:

Can include diarrhea, vomiting,abdominal cramps,fever, loss of appetite


  1. Drink lots of fluids
  2. Medician like acetaminophen or ibuprofen will help relieve fever
  3. Go back to solid foods only when stomach can tolerate them
  4. See a physician if child is under 2 years old and starts getting dehydrated or if symptoms get worse

Pink Eye Treatment:

Symptoms will include itchy or sore eyes, white of the eye may turn red or pink, eyes become sensible to light and possible sore throat and allergy symptoms will occur. Caution: Pink eye is highly contagious!


  1. Keep eye clean by rinsing gently with warm water
  2. treatment with antibiotic eye and ear drops should improve the condition in 1-2 days
  3. See a physician if symptoms don’t improve in two days after treatment

Swimmer’s Ear:

Symptoms will include itching, pain and fluid in the ear. Decreased hearing is also possible as is redness of the ear area.


  1. Best is to treat with antibiotic ear drops, like Polysporin to relieve the condition.
  2. If symptoms worsen after 2 days of treatment, consult your family physician

Chicken Pox:

You will notice flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills and achiness, followed by the appearance of red spots that turn into blisters and are extremely itchy.


  1. Lesions can get infected so regular washing is very important
  2. You can help to relieve the itch with baking soda or oatmeal baths
  3. A medicine like acetaminophen and ibuprofen will help releive fever

Minor Burns:

You will notice soreness, redness, skin blisters and peeling skin for more serious burns.


For more serious burns you have to seek immediate medical attention

For minor burns, follow the Clean – Treat – Cover steps outlined in the Minor Cuts and Bruises treatment direction

Hope this information was helpful to you – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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