• Question: I really want to become a Child Doctor when I'm older, What is the most common disease that all Children suffer from?

    Asked by tfry to Julia, Amy on 19 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Amy MacQueen

      Amy MacQueen answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Hi tfry,

      I have spoken to my friend Dr. Ed and he says that rotavirus is probably the most common and causes diarrhoea in infants. Other common ailments are things like chicken pox…what is great about having childhood vaccinations in this country is that the incidence of things like measles, mumps and rubella is reduced compared to what it was in the past. 🙂

      If you have any more questions for Dr. Ed let me know!! 🙂

    • Photo: Julia Griffen

      Julia Griffen answered on 19 Jun 2011:

      The common cold!?
      Children often get alot of viral infections as thier imune system hasn;t fully developed.
      Getting ill tho is kinda important for children for thier imune system to develop and be able to recognise and fight these virus’ in the future…

      Chicken pox is an excellent example.. you gte in once as a child, and you are less likely to get in again, due to your body already having the defences to deal with it.