7 Common Contagious Diseases in Childhood
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Childhood Illnesses

Any number of things can make a child sick. This includes bacteria, viruses and parasites. And every parent knows that some illnesses spread from child-to-child like wildfire. But why do kids seem to get sick more often than adults? First, kids often put objects in their mouths. They also don’t wash their hands after touching things that might carry germs. Children also can't fight off infection as well as adults can. Here's what you need to know about common contagious diseases of childhood.

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