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Childhood rashes, in images

Childhood diseases which present as rashes are common and treatable, but can be a cause for concern. Jean Watkins provides an overview of the causes and outcomes for seven common conditions.

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a highly infectious disease which commonly affects young children, says Suneeta Kochhar.

Infant skin conditions

Birthmarks and rashes frequently cause concern in parents. Jean Watkins provides an overview of the causes and outcomes for seven common newborn skin problems.

Itching in young children

Itching is one of the most common dermatological complaints seen in practice. Jean Watkins discusses the causes and treatments in children.

Childhood rashes in pictures

A number of rashes symptomatic of common diseases of childhood are seen in infants and children, and it is important to be able to distinguish between them to deliver correct therapeutic advice, writes Dr Jean Watkins

Coeliac disease in children

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune inflammatory systemic disease caused by exposure to 'gluten' in genetically susceptible individuals.

A child with groin swelling

Nurses must carefully examine swellings of the groin in children in case emergency referral is needed, write Sarah Henning, Meera Thayalan, and Siba Prosad Paul

The management of fever in children

Fever should not automatically be considered harmful in children, although it may cause distress and discomfort, write Siba Prosad Paul, Abigail Mee, and Joseph Mayhew

Treating pneumonia in children

Early recognition and treatment of pneumonia is associated with better outcomes, write Dr Siba Prosad Paul and Dr Jaspreet Kaur Bains

Glue ear

Glue ear or otitis media with effusion (OME) is an increasingly frequent presentation in primary care and the most common reason for childhood surgery; however, there are presently no proven effective medical treatments.

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