Unit 1.5

Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell

1.1 identify common childhood illnesses.
There are lots of common illnesses that most children WILL go through some of them are listed below
Chicken pox
Hand foot and mouth disease
Head lice (although not an illness most children go through them)
Mouth ulcers
Prickly heat
Ring worm

1.2 Describe signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses.
Most children will experience some form of illness during their lives. Common illnesses such as colds and coughs are not usually serious. Symptoms of a common cold usually start with a sore throat followed by a runny nose and b the fourth day the child will have developed a cough.   Ring worm, scarlet fever and slapped cheek syndrome are all rash based illnesses. Children usually develop a rash on their skin and within a few hours or days a temperature will form. This may cause the child to have a lack of appetite and become upset and not want to sleep.
Other illnesses like chicken pox are common with children. Spots will start to appear on the surface on the skin and they will blister after so many days, after this has happened they will scab over and become itchy this usually takes up to two weeks to completely heal and disappear.

1.3 Explain treatment on common childhood illnesses.
Common illnesses such as colds and coughs will clear up by themselves and usually don't need any assistance, however there are vapour creams and medicine that can help.
Tonsillitis: children will need antibiotics to help fight the infection which usually comes in a liquid form. Illnesses such as scarlet fever, slapped cheek syndrome and a common rash usually require paracetamol, but if the rash gets worse the child may have to been seen by a doctor. And chicken pox paracetamol can be taken to ease the pain and a soothing cream is given to help with the itching.

2.1 Describe the signs and symptoms of ill health...