Influenza or Trangkaso
Trangkaso is also one of the common infectious diseases in Filipino children.
Kids with flu or trangkaso may come to you complaining of a headache, body aches, sore throat, and stuffy or runny nose. When you check their temperature, you’ll most likely observe that they have a fever.
Flu in children usually lasts for a week, but some symptoms such as fatigue stay for 3 to 4 weeks. Most cases of flu are mild, but complications like pneumonia and ear infection are still a risk.
For this reason, doctors encourage parents to have their kids vaccinated for flu yearly.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Next on our pediatric infectious diseases list are measles (tigdas), mumps (beke), and rubella (German measles).
Mumps causes swelling in the parotid salivary glands, leading to swelling in one or both of the jaw areas. Rubella and measles share some symptoms like fever and rashes, but the latter can be more serious.
Measles, mumps, and rubella are vaccine-preventable with the MMR vaccine, which babies receive in their 9th and 12th month.