For our debut collection, we zeroed in on three of the most common childhood illnesses.  Chances are you'll encounter one (or all) of these at some point in life.  At Sick we firmly believe that the very young should feel their very best as often as possible.  That's why a percentage of each sale goes toward supporting research in preventing and finding cures for pediatric diseases.  

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STREPTOCOCCUS

Plenty of parents can attest that strep seems to run rampant when the school year is in full swing.  Swollen glands, inflamed tonsils, and a scratchy throat are all telltale signs.  Unfortunately, a bowlful of chicken soup won't cure it; a round of antibiotics is essential in shooing this bummer of bacterial infection away.   Make sure to get your child to the doctor STAT since arthritis and rheumatic fever can occur if it goes untreated.  

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E. COLI

This pesky bacteria can be blamed for many an upset tummy.  Most people will suffer from stomach cramps and vomiting for a few days.  Worst case scenario?  Serious kidney and blood problems.  Undercooked meat, raw produce (we're looking at you, spinach), and unpasteurized dairy products spread this yicky disease.  Even a trip to the petting zoo can trigger it.  Luckily, safe food prep and thorough hand washing go a long way in stopping it in its tracks. 

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COXSACKIE

Sneezes, unwashed toys, and germy hands transmit this highly contagious viral infection that's also known as hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Symptoms include fever and blister-like lesions on the tongue and gums.  Rest and fluids are enough to cure many strains, though some rare forms can affect the heart and brain.