Identify common childhood illnesses

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell
Learning outcome: Know common childhood illnesses
Assessment criteria: Identify common childhood illnesses

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It is important for Early Years practitioners to be able to identify common childhood illnesses so that they can provide the appropriate care and support. The most common childhood illnesses are:

  • Common cold
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Whooping cough
  • Tonsilitis
  • Viral infections that lead to vomiting/diarrhoea
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • German measles\Rubella
  • Mumps
  • Scabies
  • Scarlet fever
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease
  • Impetigo (bullous & non-bullous)
  • Ear infections
  • Meningitis

In the following sections, we will explore the signs and symptoms, treatments and recommended exclusion periods for these illnesses.

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