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Rashes and Infectious Diseases

Rashes are common, yet there is often an inconsistency on how they should be documented or described. Children get rashes virtually from the day they are born. Many are of no account and soon fade. But children get other rashes during childhood, and parents and carers can often be concerned. This chapter describes common rashes of childhood and offers practical advice on assessing the rash, diagnosing the cause and knowing what to do. Particular emphasis is placed on the correct use of nomenclature associated with describing and documenting rashes.

Contents include

  • Early signs and symptoms
  • Describing a rash
  • Specific common rashes in depth
  • A history of the rash
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Author / Editor Biographies

Gerry has many years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the Emergency Department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide.

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