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Do we underestimate the dangers of infectious childhood diseases?

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A recent article published in Nursing Times explored a case study of a children with chicken pox and no rash. Chickenpox is usually self-limiting, but complications can occur. In healthy children these include secondary bacterial infections of the chickenpox lesions, otitis media, secondary pneumonia, necrotising fasciitis, subclinical hepatitis and cerebellar ataxia. Most childhood infectious diseases can have serious complications.

What do you think?

  • Are you aware of the unusual presentations and potential complications of childhood infectious diseases?
  • Are you confident to explain potential complications of infectious diseases to parents?
  • Do you have appropriate knowledge to discuss vaccinations with parents?
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