Contagious Childhood Illnesses

Stay up-to-date on the signs and symptoms of common, contagious childhood illnesses, and find out what to do if you child catches one.

10 Facts You Need to Know About the Measles Outbreak

Since the beginning of 2015, the measles have infected more than 150 people from 17 states, with many cases stemming from an outbreak that originated at Disneyland in California and prompting the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to issue a press release urging all parents to vaccinate their children. read more

A Closer Look at the Vaccine Debate

A Closer Look at the Vaccine Debate A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland in California in late 2014 has added fuel to the vaccine debate in the United States. In the first two months of 2015, more than 150 cases in 17 different states were reported to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). read more

Avoiding Meningitis

Avoiding MeningitisBeware Need another reason to lecture your teen about keeping partying to a minimum? Researchers have now linked smoking, second-hand smoke, and binge drinking to an increased chance of contracting deadly bacterial meningitis. read more

Building Immunity

The many kids who attend child care share their bodily fluids (saliva, for example) and tend to have increased exposure to germs. read more

Chickenpox Exposure

Once your child is exposed to chickenpox, you won't know whether she has it for at least 10 days and for as long as 21 days. read more

Chickenpox Vaccine for Adults

Find out when it makes sense for someone to get the chickenpox vaccine. read more

Chickenpox Vaccine Risk for Sibling?

It's possible for your nine-month-old to catch chickenpox from her vaccinated sister, but not very likely. read more

Common Contagious Diseases Among Preschoolers

Common Contagious Diseases Among Preschoolers Preschoolers who attend day care pass germs around as if they were crayons. Certain conditions are therefore more common among children in day care. Although most of the following conditions might be avoided through good hygienic practices, don't be surprised if your child brings one of these home from day care along with his valentines and other school projects: read more

Expert Advice: Better to get the chickenpox or the vaccine?

The chickenpox vaccine is thought to be safe for healthy children. read more

Expert Advice: Chickenpox Versus the Vaccine

It's wiser to give a child the vaccine than to wait to see if he catches the chickenpox, which sometimes has complications. read more

Fever and Sick Days

Learn what our expert has to say about how long a child should stay home from school when he has a fever. read more

How Do You Catch the Mumps?

Mumps is caused by a virus, and it is passed on in the same way as a cold. Read more information about this virus. read more

How Long Is Mono Contagious?

Find out how long children should stay away from a child diagnosed with mono, and what other steps are important. read more

How Soon After Starting Antibiotics Can a Child Return to School?

For many common bacterial infections, a child can return to school after 24 hours of the antibiotic. But this is not true for all infections. read more

Is It Catching?

Children should not go to school when they're contagious to others or when they're too sick to learn. But how do you know if they are contagious? Find out if you know when these common childhood illnesses are "catchy." read more

Is Roseola Contagious?

Roseola is a very common viral illness. Find out when children who have it are contagious. read more

Is Shingles Contagious?

Zoster ("Shingles") is contagious only to those people who have not had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. The course of this disease is usually mild and the prognosis good. read more

Meningitis Concerns

Meningitis is a disease that is passed from person to person in close contact with mouth and nasal secretions. read more

Shingles in a Seven-Year-Old

Assuming your child has been healthy up to this point, there is little reason to think that shingles indicates a problem with her immune system. read more

Signs of Chickenpox

It is easy to confuse chicken pox with insect bites, a reaction of the skin to something it came in contact with, or other causes of rash. read more

Symptoms of Viral Meningitis in a Child

Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of meningitis aren't always the same with every child. read more

What Is Mononucleosis?

A germ from the Herpes family called Epstein-Barr Virus causes infectious mononucleosis. This virus is spread through the saliva (hence the term "kissing disease"); only occasionally by contact with blood. read more

What Is Osgood Slaughters?

Get information about Osgood Slaughters disease, which causes bone inflammation below the kneecap. read more

When Is Chickenpox Contagious?

Chickenpox can be spread to someone who hasn't had it, from 24 hours prior to the first appearance of the rash until the rash crusts over, which is a variable number of days. read more

Yearly Vaccination for Chickenpox?

It is not true that you need annual vaccinations for chickenpox "each and every year." read more