Most infections are caused by germs called viruses and bacteria. While you may be able to keep germs from spreading, you can’t always keep your child from getting sick. It is important for parents to know how to keep their children healthy and what to do when they get sick. Read on to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about common childhood infections—signs and symptoms, treatments, and when to call your child’s doctor.

Bacterial infections can be very dangerous, especially in babies younger than 3 months. Call the doctor right away if your baby has any of the following symptoms:

The following are tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to keep germs from spreading.

Your child’s doctor may recommend the following ways to soothe a sick child:

The following are some of the more common childhood infections, including signs and symptoms, treatments,...

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