Any tips on building up the immune systems?

S. - posted on 11/26/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter is always poorly, if there's a bug she catches it. She was a healthy baby till she started nursery at 3, she developed asthma and she has a few allergies but nothing we haven't learnt deal with, i know its winter and theres a lot going a round but just lately she can't spend a whole week at school, last week she was sick, the week before a tummy bug, this week her tonsils are enlarged, I've been to the doctors with her I've seen the nurse, she's alway eaten really well she likes lots of fruit and veg, I'm giving her a victim c tonic to try and build her up as recommended by the nurse but nothing's helping! The nurse says some kids are just sickly.

I really am at a loss any tips would be gratefully received.

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S. - posted on 11/27/2012

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Thank you for your input I really appreciate it, she is not a thumb sucker or a nail biter, she's always been really good at washing her hands and I know the school is up on hand washing as she came home with a badge and a note saying she achieved it for good hand washing, I will ask about the sanitising of toys thou and i haven't done mine for a while so ill get mine done. she always been a good sleeper as well. She was ok before she developed asthma and her allergies are environment (so far) she can't use hand sanitizer as both me and her are allergic to it. She's also immunised up to date too.

The nurse did say she will get better as she gets older, i guess I just feel a bit useless at the moment.

Marian - posted on 11/26/2012

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I have a couple questions for you before I can offer any advice. Does your daughter suck her thumb, or is she prone to putting objects in her mouth? How often is her school sanitizing the toys? Do you feel like this could be allergy related in any way?



Here's why I ask, I nanny for two boys who are both orally fixated. The younger boy (4) sucks his thumb, the older boy is a nail biter (6). Both of these boys seems to pick up every little sniffle causing bug that passes them by. Which at first seemed odd to me, because I am such a germ -a -fobe. We wash our hand before leaving school, upon getting home, hand sanitize in the car...mostly to protect me from all that they pick up at school. The problem is that they aren't as careful when they are at school. So, they might share toys with someone who unknowingly has a cold, and then the younger boy will immediately pop his thumb into his mouth. It's like pouring the germs down his throat. And since I am not there, there is no way to stop it. The younger boys preschool sanitizes toys/play areas once a week during cold and flu season a little less often during other times. This can help lessen the spread of germs tremendously. I would find out what the hand washing routine is like at school and see if they could step it up a bit.

My own son is an allergy sufferer. He has both food, environmental and dander allergies. Any one of his allergens can send him into a weakened immune state and he seems to immediately come down with a cold. Add to it that he has asthma, and every occurrence is a guaranteed ER visit. I have taught him the importance of keeping his hands clean, keeping him hands out of his mouth, and not touching his face unless he has recently washed his hands. He is a bit older, so he can manage all those things on his own.

Best advice I can give, is to keep exposure to allergens and other sick people to a minimum. Make sure that she is fully recovered from one thing before sending her back to school. And keep up with the healthy diet and sleep routines. It will get better as she gets older. Make sure that you let your doctor know every time she is sick, so you have an established record in case this is something other than normal childhood illness. Oh, and lastly make sure she is up to date on all of her immunizations. Hope this is a little bit helpful. Stay healthy!

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