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Close the Book on 7 Common Back to School Ailments

Back to school also means your child will be back in a big group and could be exposed to germs they’ve been relatively sheltered from during the summer. While most of these ailments are relatively minor, you may not have heard of some of them and aren’t sure what you look for.

Your child may be especially susceptible to certain ailments if they’re going to class for the first time, as their immune system needs some conditioning to recognize certain triggers (i.e., kids are also infamous for forgetting to wash their hands). In any case, here are seven ailments to look for now that junior has returned to class…

1. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

This is a viral infection that mostly strikes kids under age 5, although anyone of any age can contract the illness according to CTV News in Canada. The source notes it’s tough to stop because it’s airborne as well as spread through direct contact.

The symptoms of the disease include fever, which can be mistaken for a flu. However, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is separated by “painful sores” that develop in the mouth, making it difficult for a child to swallow. The hand and feet part are relevant, as sometimes a rash will develop in those areas. This is one those ailments that just has to run its course, says CTV.

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