What is it?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and serious bacterial infection, causing fever, cough and sweating. Children with compromised immune systems are very susceptible to TB. There is a vaccine that is given to newborn babies, but it spreads easily from one person to another and there are different types.
What to do
A child with TB might not have the clear symptoms, but if your child is coughing continually, it’s safer to take him to the doctor for a test. If a member of your household or close friend has had the disease, watch your child carefully for any symptoms. There is effective medication for TB, but it is very important that the course be followed as prescribed, as many people don’t complete the course, which causes drug-resistant strains to develop. Once your child is symptom-free he can go back to school, even if he is still on the treatment.
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