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Childhood diseases

Have you ever thought about the names of common infectious diseases that happen to most of us as kids?

Sometimes, we can get these diseases when we are adults and the results can be worse.

To test your knowledge, click on one of the links here:

(For beginners) Match the disease and its Portuguese equivalent

(For more advanced learners)Match the disease and its definition in English

It's good to know we can use a disease to teach some English.

Look at what happened to me.

Which of these diseases do you think I got on my birthday?


Anonymous said…
It`s nice when the lesson brings something useful to the students` lives.
I got the pieces of information on the web.

If you have any of the symptoms of chicken pox you should see a doctor and he or she will likely prescribe a medicine for your pain, rash and fever. Aspirin should be avoided by those with chickenpox. To make sure you don't spread the illness you should stay home until the contagious period has passed and avoid contact with people who haven't had chicken pox. Make sure you don't share any items with others and wash your laundry with hot water and a strong detergent. The best way to prevent chicken pox is to be immunized for it.

Because measles is highly contagious from about four days before to four days after the rash breaks out, people with measles shouldn't return to activities in which they interact with other people during this period. It may also be necessary to keep non -immunized people — siblings, for example — out of the infected person's house. Talk with your doctor about keeping someone with measles isolated.

Mumps goes away by itself in about a week, but extra fluids and a mild pain reliever like acetaminophen can keep your child comfortable. (Avoid aspirin; it should never be given to children or teenagers who have a virus because it can lead to Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially life-threatening disease.) Don't give him tart drinks like orange juice and lemonade because they stimulate the salivary glands, causing pain. In older boys, the testicles sometimes swell and hurt, so an athletic supporter is helpful

Your child shouldn't go to school for about five days if he/she has developed the rash caused by rubella. This will help to prevent other children at school getting the virus. If you are pregnant, you should also be aware that rubella can be harmful to your unborn baby if you haven't had the MMR vaccine or haven't developed immunity to rubella. Before pregnancy you can be tested to ensure you have developed antibodies (immunity) to rubella. You can have the vaccine before you get pregnant to prevent the complications of a rubella infection during pregnancy.

Whooping cough
Everyone in the house should always use hand washing to prevent disease. Use common sense. If you have cold symptoms or a cough, wash your hands. Teach your kids to wash their hands. If your kids cough, teach them to cough into their shoulder. If your child has cold symptoms, keep him away from young infants, elderly persons, or those that are immune suppressed.

By Angela
Children are very much prone to cough and cold.From my first hand experience.Also diarrhea as I have most often heard,asthma is also a rising threat.

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