Try as you might to keep your kids healthy and germ-free, even the most dedicated parent won’t be able to prevent some commonly shared illnesses. There are actually 5 disease listed below.

Pink eye

A highly contagious disease, pink eye is passed on by sharing items like eye drops, makeup, towels, or pillowcases, but a bacterial form of the disease could be caused by nasal discharge getting into the eye. Play it safe by washing little hands with soap water and keeping them away from the eyes.

Strep throat

The most common cause of strep is a result of unwashed hands and uncovered sneezes and coughs, which means it’s usually difficult to prevent, despite your best efforts. You can teach your kids to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze and refrain from sharing food, drinks, or napkins.


It’s a common health problem for kids 12 and under. Sharing hats, brushes, and other hair accessories make it easy for lice to travel. If your child complains of an itchy scalp, use a lice comb or your hands to look closely at their scalp for quarter inch gray colored bugs. These are special signs of lice, which means it’s time for an anti-louse shampoo and thorough cleaning of clothes, bed sheets, and any other infected materials.

Walking pneumonia

This is the most common type of pneumonia for school-age children. It’s an illness that most kids might not even notice and continue to “walk” around with. Keep an eye out for cold-like symptoms, a low-grade fever, and a hacking cough. They can be treated with antibiotics and be cured after medication and a few days at home.


The highly-contagious bug is marked by gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps and could be brought on by germy surfaces, unwashed hands, and coughs and sneezes. You can prevent them from getting dehydrated with plenty of fluids and foods like popsicles.