Major Illnesses

Guide to major illnesses in kids

While coughs, colds, bumps and scrapes are just par for the course for kids, many childhood health issues are much more serious - and much more frightening for parents.

If you're a parent whose child has a serious medical condition, it's easy to feel lost or overwhelmed if you don't have all the facts. The best weapon you can have to combat the fear is knowledge. Staying informed can help you put your child's mind - and your own - at ease during difficult times.


A plan of attack is also helpful. Researching your child's condition can help you understand what is happening and can also help you figure out what questions still need answers when you visit the doctor.

As a parent, the hardest thing in the world to imagine is having a child who is seriously ill. However, your child will be looking to you for support and comfort. Working together with your doctor and gathering as much information as you can, you can become your child's pillar of strength during the hard times.

Managing serious kids illnesses

Not all major illnesses are life-threatening in the sense that the child may die, but any serious or lifelong health issue is going to threaten a child's quality of life—and the quality of life of his or her loved ones.

In this section of Kidica, you'll find information on a variety of major illnesses for which children are particularly at risk, including signs and symptoms to help you identify the illness early on, treatment options to help you control the illness and alleviate symptoms, and methods of prevention (when applicable) to help you keep your child healthy.

The key to battling any illness is arming yourself with the right information to ensure swift diagnosis and to navigate the treatment. In the cases of lifelong health issues, such as diabetes or autism, information can be the key to establishing management routines that allow your child to function as normally as possible within the parameters of the illness. Most importantly, information is what you, as a parent, need to make sense of your child's health issue and to continually make decisions that are in your child's best interest.

A major illness doesn't have to be a death sentence, literally or figuratively. Knowing what you're facing is the first step to planning a course of action and negotiating diagnosis, treatment and/or symptom management. With the basic facts in hand, you can then guide your child, and your family, to the best possible outcome.