Are you looking for a specialist in childhood illnesses?
Is your child ill again? No wonder when you consider that the youngest children are regularly affected by childhood illnesses. Although many of them are benign, proper management of these ailments avoids the risk of contagion and slows down complications.
The pediatricians working in our medical clinic in Barcelona listen to all parents. Their goal is to establish an accurate diagnosis and reveal a treatment according to your child's needs.
If you are looking for a specialist to treat your child, do not hesitate to make an appointment now with one of our English-speaking paediatricians.
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Why do children often get sick?
When a baby is born, its immune system is immature but it is still protected by the antibodies it inherited in utero. This is called maternal immunity. Later on, the child will have to make its own antibodies and to do this it will have to deal with many viruses.
During childhood, viruses circulate and are easily caught because children often spend a lot of time in the community (nurseries, pre-schools, etc.), they put objects in their mouths and drool or leave small droplets of saliva behind.
It is therefore normal for children to get sick a lot because it is part of the normal process of immunological maturity: the more your child grows, the stronger his immune system becomes.
What are the most common childhood diseases?
These disorders are numerous, revealing viral and bacteriological origins.
Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious disease caused by the initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV). It can cause an itchy, blister-like rash.
Most cases occur in children before they are ten years of age. Once a person has had the chickenpox infection, it is unlikely he or she will get it again, as it confers lifelong immunity.
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by measles virus and it is normally passed through direct contact and through the air.
Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. Measles typically begins with:
- high fever
- runny nose
- red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
- breathing difficulties
- fits (seizures)
We take care of your children.
Our English-speaking pediatricians adapt sensitively to the cultural preferences of parents and children in order to offer them personalised and humane care.
What preventive measures exist to avoid childhood illnesses?
Prevention is better than cure. This famous saying is also part of the philosophy of our care center. Our pediatricians do more than just treat your child. They do not hesitate to share valuable tips with you on how to stop the onset of childhood illnesses.
They particularly appreciate the emphasis on a series of simple gestures:
- Regularly wash toys and the play area
- Wash your hands regularly
- Ventilate the living rooms of the home
- Avoid strong temperature variations
- Regularly observe nasal washings with physiological saline
Routine immunization programmes protect most of the world's children from a number of infectious diseases that previously caused millions of deaths each year. Please contact us for more info on mandatory vaccines in Spain.