For our debut collection, we zeroed in on some of the most common childhood illnesses: streptococcus, streptococcus mutans, e. coli, and coxsackie.  At Sick we firmly believe that the very young should feel their very best as often as possible.  That's why part of each sale supports research in preventing and finding cures for pediatric diseases.  


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.  Chicken noodle soup may comfort, but it won't cure it: A round of antibiotics is essential in shooing away this  bummer of bacterial infection.  Arthritis and rheumatic fever can occur when strep goes untreated, so if you spot the signs whisk your child to the doctor right away.      

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STREPTOCOCCUS MUTANS

This pesky bacteria is responsible for causing cavities. And the crazy part? It's usually transmitted to children by their caregivers. Because adults often have high levels of streptococcus mutans lurking in their mouths, sharing a fork or sweet smooch is often enough to pass it on. To prevent it, the whole family should practice good dental hygiene. Brush with toothpaste that contains baking soda, use a fluoride mouthwash, and visit the dentist every six months. 


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 icky 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 E. coli 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. Look out for symptoms like fever and blister-like lesions on the tongue and gums.  Rest and fluids are enough to zap many strains, though some rare forms can affect the heart and brain. 

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