Diseases and allergies

Most of the diseases listed can be spread easily (contagious). This usually happens from the first sign of illness until your child feels better.

There are vaccines your child can get to prevent most of these diseases.

An allergy is an extra sensitive way the body reacts to things such as dust, pet dander and pollen. Allergies can run in families.

Learn more about common diseases and allergies:

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016