Communicable Diseases of Children

  • Dennis J. Baumgardner

Abstract

The communicable diseases of childhood are a source of significant disruption for the family and a particular challenge to the family physician. Although most of these illnesses are self-limited and without significant sequelae, the socioeconomic impact due to time lost from school (and work), costs of medical visits and remedies, and parental anxiety are enormous. Distressed parents must be treated with sensitivity, patience, and respect for their judgment, as they have often agonized for hours prior to calling the physician. They are usually greatly reassured when given a specific diagnosis and an explanation of the natural history of even the most minor syndrome.

Keywords

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Kawasaki Disease Mumps Virus Bacterial Conjunctivitis Inspiratory Stridor 
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