A doctor inspects a boy's ear

Integrity Urgent Care First Aid Handbook – Ear Infections

An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria. Although adults can get ear infections, they are far more common in children, and five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Ear infections are the most common reason children visit the doctor’s office. Otitis media is the scientific name for an ear infection.

a girl's eye is swollen with pinkeye

Integrity Urgent Care First Aid Handbook – Pink Eye (Bacterial Conjunctivitis)

Bacterial conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pink eye, is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye. It can also lead to inflammation of the underside of the eyelid. The bacteria that cause pink eye can come from your own skin, your upper respiratory system, or from someone else with pink eye. It is very contagious.

A baby holds her mouth open in a crib

Integrity Urgent Care First Aid Handbook – RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a very common virus that causes lung and airway infections. In adults and older children, it leads to mild, cold-like symptoms. It can be more serious in young children, particularly premature infants or children born with chronic medical problems, such as heart or lung disease. Infections are most common November – April but can occur at any time.

A girl is having her temperature checked in bed

Integrity Urgent Care Health Handbook – Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a virus (sometimes referred to as the coxsackievirus), that commonly affects children under the age of five. Occasionally, older children and adults can be affected as well. Although hand, foot, and mouth disease can be incredibly uncomfortable for your child, it is rarely serious, and complications are very rare. Because it is a virus, there is no cure, but treatment can help ease his or her symptoms.