Frequent infections of the airways and normal rate of illness in children
Infections of the airway are among the most common childhood diseases. Of the frequent infections of the airways, 6-10% of children under 6 years of age are sick. Two periods in which the occurrence of infections is greatest is known
- The age of the child from 6 to 12 months – the child has spent the protective antibodies it has received from the mother before birth, and has not yet developed completely.
- The first contact of the child with a group of children (kindergarten, school – high level of exposure to various infectious diseases for other children in the group.
Children are the most affected by viral infections until their fifth year. After going to school, bacterial infections prevail.
Frequent infections of the airways in practice are very common. These are primarily upper respiratory tract infections (nasal sinuses, middle ear, tonsils and throat), while 10-30% of children are infected by lower airway infections.
Frequent, but mild infections in particular upper respiratory tract infections ( common colds) in childhood are very common and most children do not need additional medical examination.
How can we influence the immune system in childhood?
Today, in many ways, we can influence the improvement of the immune system in childhood. These are active ingredients that affect the child’s immune system at different levels. These are products that are available without prescription, which are obtained with a doctor’s recommendation. Many have a proven impact on the child’s immune system.
- Bacterial immunomodulators- These are substances with bacterial ingredients that are the most common causes of airway infections. These drugs are often used to treat frequent respiratory infections, but can’t be recommended in all children who are prone to infection. They can only be obtained on a prescription, and their use is based on a specialist recommendation after an extensive examination.
- Biologically active polysaccharides (beta-glucans) – These are groups of highly effective natural substances that are structural elements of cell walls in some plants and mushrooms. In the intestine they act locally, activate the cells of the immune system and encourage its work.
- Echinacea-based products- These products are taken primarily in acute infections because their pre-emptive effects in common infections are limited. Long-term use of these products is not recommended.
- Colostrum- Because it has a diverse and valuable composition, colostrum is an indispensable life partner for growth, vitality and health. It contains immune factors and growth factors, amino acids, minerals and vitamins.
- Minerals (especially zinc and selenium) – Zinc and selenium have proven to influence the optimal functioning of the immune system.
- Vitamins (A, C and E) – Vitamin C plays an important role in the treatment of acute and frequent infections of the airway. The synergistic effect of Vitamin C and glucagon strengthens the immune system.
The most important of all are healthy food, good sleep and physical activity.
Healthy food includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and meat. Also under healthy food is freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice if the child does not eat enough. Balance healthy meals such as yoghurt, grapes or whole grains with dried fruit. Avoid fatty foods and high-sugar foods, which can lead to depletion of the immune system. Do not let the child eat anything and everything, because food can cause an allergic reaction.
Insist your child sleep for at least 8 hours or more. Turn off the night lights and other lamps that may impair the delicate balance of the level of serotonin. To achieve the benefits of the night spent in a dream, the room must be dark, quiet and comfortable.
The immune system requires physical activity and exercises that will help the body stay healthy.