In the recent years ‘safeguarding’ measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of all children has become an increasing focus in the early years. Supporting Children’s Health and Wellbeing helps early years students and practitioners working with children and young people gain an understanding of the key issues relating to children’s health in particular, examining the possible ways in which health can impact upon young children’s early childhood education and care. Packed full of practical advice for the everyday realities of the early years classroom, topics discussed include: • Historical perspectives and contemporary issues related to child health • Current policy and legislation • How to support the child and the family • Nutrition in childhood • Infectious diseases, infestations and the acutely ill child • Children with chronic and complex medical conditions • Coping with the death of a child A timely, topical text that will be invaluable to early years professionals.

Infectious Diseases, Infestations and the Acutely Ill Child

Infectious Diseases, Infestations and the Acutely Ill Child

Infectious Diseases, Infestations and the Acutely Ill Child

Chapter Aims and Objectives

  • To identify the causes of infections and infestations
  • To examine ways of removing and reducing the spread of infections and infestations
  • To identify the implications for practice in reducing the impact of infections and infestations on children
  • To learn what is good practice in caring for an acutely ill child


As discussed in Chapter 2, life-threatening infectious diseases are less of a threat to children than they were in the past. However, infections in children remain a significant cause of ill health. This is especially so in early years settings because of early socialising (Kelmanson 2015) as a consequence of a large number of humans being together in close proximity, ...

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