My PDD NOS son is always getting colds - Weak immune system or just new to school?

Teri - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Not only does my son have challenges with sensory issues / aspergers, he also must deal with getting frequent colds. So far, 3 new colds since he started preschool in mid-November. Does he have a weak immune system? Teachers will say all kids get sick when they first start school, which makes sense, but my son has now been enrolled in 3 schools! The first time I had to take him out after a couple of months because he spent more time out than in school because of illness. The second time he stayed in for four months but then got such a severe ear infection that I had to take him to the emergency room - thus, took him out of school again! Now, here we are again. Is three different colds in 3 1/2 months too much? I am wondering what to do?

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Kendra - posted on 02/28/2010

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I would boost his immune system. There are many natural ways to help give his immunity a quick boost with long lasting results. Chiropractic is one way. When a person is properly aligned the body heals itself much faster. A nutrionalist is one way. There are lots of herbs, vitamins and homeopaths that can support the immune system. My son had heart surgery when he was a baby and heart babies are usually very sickly kids, but I did both of the above and he gets sick like you're suppose to. Maybe once or twice a year for a day or two. Nothing too long or scary. Anyways, I believe that's why he's so healthy!! Good luck to you and your son.

Sheila - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hi Teri,



When my daughter had five ear infections and we finally got into see an Ear/Throat/Nose specialist he told us she had large adnoids...on a scale of 1 to 4, hers are a 4 before she gets sick so when she gets sick...they swell and she gets blocked up. He watched her...if they had gotten bigger, he would have removed them, but she grew "into them."



So, I would ask for a doctor's appointment to make sure all is well. It was my typical child who had all the problems, and my child with ASD used to get croup...I don't know if the colds are related to the aspergers, but you should investigate if you are worried.



Sheila

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