Why do some children and toddlers fall sick on and off? This is a common question which prevails in every parent’s mind. The reply is; children take birth with undeveloped immune system. Therefore, the tots experience all kind of viruses, bacteria, infections for the first time in their life. It is quite normal for a child to get sick often, generally 4 to 7 times per year. Diseases like cold, cough, ear infection or stomach ailment becomes a routine affair. As the child grows up, gradually the immune system starts to mature and the number of episodes of sickness continues to go down.
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There are two main kinds of infections – Bacterial and Viral. Infection caused by bacteria is called as Bacterial infection whereas infection caused by virus is called as Viral Infection. Although falling sick often or recurrent infection is not a serious issue and with proper sleep, nutrition can help your child in combatting infection. Sometimes it gets difficult to decide whether to see your pediatrician or not. But it is advisable to take a help of a child care specialist if your child is experiencing the following health issues.
- High or Continuous fever
- Difficulty in breathing
- Sever headache or stomach ache
- Recurrent vomiting or diarrhea
- Urinary infection
- Lack of energy or weakness for a longer period of time
- Chicken pox