Misdiagnosis of Childhood conditions
Childhood conditions: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Childhood conditions
Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases,
because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms.
Although the most common symptoms are anal itch (or vaginal itch),
which are obvious in severe cases,
milder conditions may fail to be noticed in children.
In particular, it may interfere with the child's good night's sleep.
Threadworm is a condition to consider in children with symptoms such as bedwetting (enuresis),
difficulty sleeping, irritability, or other sleeping symptoms.
Visual inspection of the region can often see the threadworms, at night when they are active,
but they can also be missed this way, and multiple inspections can be warranted if worms are suspected.
See the introduction to threadworm.
Parental fears about toddler behavior often unfounded: There are many behaviors in infants and toddlers
that may give rise to a fear that the child has some form of mental health condition.
In particular, there is a loss of fear of autism or ADHD in parents.
However, parents should understand that the chances are higher that it's part of normal development,
and perhaps just a "cute behavior" rather than a serious condition.
Although parents should be vigilant about monitoring all aspects of their child's development and mental
health, they should also take care not to over-worry and miss out on some of the delights of parenthood.
For example, a young child that screams when you open his car door to take him out, then
makes you put him back into the car
to repeat it, so that he
can open the car door himself, is not necessarily showing signs of autism or OCD,
nor indeed any mental illness.
There is a small possibility that it's an abnormality (a chance that increases with age of the child),
but it's also the type of behavior seen in many normal children.
See the introduction to autism and introduction to ADHD.
Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the
more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed
(it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with fatal effect).
One of the most common misdiagnosed is for children with mesenteric adenitis
to be misdiagnosed as appendicitis.
Fortunately, thus misdiagnosis is usually less serious than the reverse failure to diagnose appendicitis.
Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue
with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure.
The "cuff" around the arm to measure blood pressure can simply be too small to accurately
test a child's blood pressure.
This can lead to an incorrect diagnosis of a child with hypertension.
The problem even has a name unofficially: "small cuff syndrome".
See misdiagnosis of hypertension.
Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be
correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients.
These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur in children.
See misdiagnosis of migraine or introduction to migraine.
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Childhood conditions:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Childhood conditions:
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Childhood conditions
or confirming a diagnosis of Childhood conditions,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Childhood conditions may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Childhood conditions.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.