Common Infections in Children

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There are many different infections that can cause a child to be sick. One reason that children are more susceptible to developing an infection is because of their immune system. Many children do not have a fully developed immune system that can actively fight off infections making them at a higher risk.

Another reason that children are more susceptible to developing an infection is because of the way germs are spread. Many children put things in their mouth and do not practice proper hand washing. This allows for infections to be spread to the child from other people or from contaminated surfaces. Many children pick up infections at school, daycare and play groups.

It is imperative to teach children proper hand sanitizing techniques and bathroom etiquette to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.  Teaching children to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing is also important because it can prevent the germs from being spread.

Multivitamins can help to boost a child’s immune system by taking them daily. A child’s immune system can also be boosted by drinking plenty of water and eating nutritiously.

The last precaution to take for protecting a child from developing an infection is to get the flu shot. The flu shot can be a good form of protection against the flu which can prevent a child from becoming ill and developing complications.

Some of the most common infections in children include Urinary Tract Infections, Diarrhea, Chickenpox, Monoucleosis, Tapeworms and Diaper Rash. Many of these infections can be successfully treated with the use of antibiotics or antiviral medications.

The main symptom that occurs with many of infections is a fever. It is important to monitor a child’s fever and try to bring the temperature down using medication or cold compresses. If the fever persists it may be necessary to seek medical attention.