Condition or Illness

1. Choose five childhood diseases and/or conditions from this list. Share what information you have learned about these diseases and/or conditions.
Fifth disease: Appearance of bright red rash on face, especially cheeks.
It’s a virus that is airborne contact with secretions from the nose/mouth of infected person. Which last for about 4–14 days. (Marotz, pg. 147)

Mononucleosis: Characteristic symptoms include sore throat, intermittent fever, fatigue, and enlarged lymph glands in the neck. May also be accompanied by headache and enlarged liver or spleen. It’s also a virus. Airborne through direct contact with saliva of an infected person. This normally last 2–4 weeks for children and 4–6 weeks for adults. (Marotz, pg. 147)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Often no symptoms in children under 2 yrs.; sore throat, fever, fatigue in older children. High risk of fetal damage if mother is infected during pregnancy. A virus. Person to person contact with body fluids, e.g., saliva, blood, urine, breast milk, in utero. Unknown; but can may be take up to 4–8 weeks. (Marotz, pg. 147)

Meningitis: Sudden onset of fever, stiff neck, headache, irritability, and vomiting; gradual loss of consciousness, seizures, and death. Also a bacteria.
Airborne through coughs, nasal secretions; direct contact with saliva/nasal discharges.
It varies with the infecting organism; 2–4 days average. (Marotz, pg. 147)

Streptococcal Infections (strep throat): Sudden onset. High fever accompanied by sore, red throat; may also have nausea, vomiting, headache, white patches on tonsils, and enlarged glands. Development of a rash depends on the infectious organism. This is a bacteria. Airborne via droplets from coughs or sneezes. May also be transmitted by food and raw milk. Takes 1–4 days. (Marotz, pg. 147)

  2. Write a brief hypothetical letter or e-mail that you would share with the parents about a communicable disease or illness a child in your center or school has.
Dear parents 2/21/14...