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Heat Stroke- what is it and why is it so serious?

Heat Stroke- what is it and why is it so serious? What is heat stroke? Heat stroke is when the core temperature of the body rises above 40C due to prolonged heat exposure or too much physical exertion in a hot environment. It is a serious condition- the natural chemical processes of the body [...]

Scarlet Fever- symptoms, causes & treatment

Scarlet Fever- symptoms, causes & treatment What is Scarlet Fever? Scarlet Fever was once a very common illness, and used to be a major cause of death in childhood. With improvements in living conditions and hygiene, as well as the availability of antibiotics, it’s now much less frequent and is easily treatable if it [...]

Conjunctivitis- what causes it and how it’s treated

Conjunctivitis- what causes it and how it's treated     What is conjunctivitis? Conjunctivitis is a common infection of the eye. The conjunctiva is the clear membrane covering the white of the eye and the inner part of the eyelid. In conjunctivitis, this membrane gets inflamed, leading to redness and irritation. What causes [...]

Glandular Fever- the facts about the “kissing disease”

Glandular Fever- the key facts about the "kissing disease"     What is Glandular Fever? Glandular Fever (also known as Infectious Mononucleosis) is a viral illness caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (or EBV for short). EBV belongs to the Herpes family. Other Herpes viruses cause familiar infections such as cold sores, genital herpes and [...]

Whooping cough- why it’s dangerous and who should be vaccinated

Whooping cough- why it's serious and who should be vaccinated     What is whooping cough? Whooping cough is a highly contagious lung infection caused by the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. It is common, and can have serious complications, particularly in smaller babies for whom it can be life-threatening. Cases have been steadily rising [...]

Adenoids-what are they and when should they be removed?

Adenoids- what are they and when should they be removed?   What are adenoids? The adenoids are fleshy lumps of immune tissue located in the back of the nose in children. Their job is to fight infection, the same as lymph nodes (glands) elsewhere in the body. Hairs and mucus in the nose [...]

The Measles Outbreak- what do I need to know as a parent?

The Measles Outbreak: What Do I Need to Know as a Parent? What is Measles? Measles is caused by an extremely contagious virus (contagious means that it spreads quickly from person to person). It was very common indeed prior to the introduction of immunisation as part of the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) [...]

Nappy Rash-why it happens and what to do about it

Nappy Rash- why it happens and what to do about it What causes nappy rash? No matter how careful parents and carers are, most babies get nappy rash at some stage. It’s caused by a few factors that combine to inflame the skin- exposure of the skin to moisture, irritating substances in wee and [...]