Is it normal for children to always be sick? My 3 year old just cannot get and stay well.

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Nikki - posted on 11/27/2012

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Ugh...my 4 year old started school this year and has been sick for the last 9 weeks. She has periods of wellness that last a few days and then she is sick with a cough and congestion again. It is so frustrating. The poor girl is always miserable and is not getting enough sleep because she is up half the night coughing. I have taken her to the doctor so many times it is getting ridiculous. To build on some of the other posts, I breastfed her which is suppose to make them healthier children, she takes allergy medicine every day, she takes vitamins every day, she carries sanitizer with her and uses it frequently...I don't know what else to do. Her pediatrician keeps saying, "Well, when they are in school they will pick up every virus going around." If that is true, then why is it just her that is sick all the time? The other kids in her class seem fine. Any intelligent thoughts on this? It is so disheartening as a mother not to be able to keep your child well and happy:(

Dawn - posted on 09/19/2012

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I feel like Im at the doctor with my 4 year old every 2 weeks... High fevers and sore throat!! Any suggestions how to keep them well besides the obvious.. vitamins.. diet....?

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My six year old is ALWAYS sick. Last year alone, she has had hand-foot-mouth disease, pink eye, flu, stomach flu, and numerous colds. she's on antibiotics at least 6 to 8 times per year. Now she has a cronic cough that I just can't get rid of. She's already been on antibiotic for 20 days, now I have to take her back to the Dr. The school is even sending me letters saying it is "unlawful" for her to miss this many days of school. I'm at the end of my rope and very sleep deprived. Don't know what to do!

Jacquena Lynn - posted on 02/07/2013

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hey my name is jacquena and i live in alabama. my little girl name is keauhja and shes one years old and she constanly keeps getting sick especial upper respirtory infecton what do you think causes her to stay sick like that.

Veronica - posted on 03/08/2009

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Did you breastfeed at all?  I heard that breastfed babies are less sick because of the antibodies that they recieve from you.  Also babies that are in daycare get sick more often because of the constant exposure to different germs.  Hopefully if it is a real illness the teacher will ask the parents to keep the child home but its hard to keep your child away from germs if she has to go to outside child care.  Have you checked with the pediatrician as to some advice?

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Lori - posted on 03/08/2009

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He'll be alot healthier when he gets older because he is building up his immune system now.  My 6 yr old was the same way, now he hardly ever gets sick.

Tiffany - posted on 03/08/2009

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I would try to give some oranges or orange juice maybe a little more often at is has good nutrients.

Wendy - posted on 03/08/2009

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Hi Nicole.. i sympathise. My little boy who's 2 has a good varied diet and yet seems to go from one cold to another. Aparently according to our doctor this can happen until the child is 6/7 years.. however it will mean that he will have a very strong immune system in later life.

Nirit - posted on 03/08/2009

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The first couple of month in the first school are usually accompanied with a lot of viruses, especially in the winter. I had it bad with my older but not as bad with my younger one.
I think it's necessary to allow the immune system to develop, especially as the doctors nowadays say that a sterile environment at early childhood causes more problems like allergies and autoimmune situations as they grow older.
e.g:
"CONCLUSIONS: Exposure of young children to older children at home or to other children at day care protects against the development of asthma and frequent wheezing later in childhood".
taken from here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ctfow2
and see also here:http://www.jfponline.com/Pages.asp?AID=2...

just a matter of supporting them as they grow (as always :))

Nina - posted on 03/08/2009

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hi my son always seems to have a cold or cough aswell.Its most likelky because of being around other children at nursery.But the doctor did state to me that your childs immune system wil be alot better as they get older as they are buildin up there immune system. 

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Thanks for your response Pheonex. She has no allergies. But did start play school this year so as you say, she is surrounded by sick children. I wonder if school is really worth it? I am going to investigate the milk thing though thanks for the advice.



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Pheonex - posted on 03/07/2009

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It could be a multitude of things. Your child may have allergies and that lowers your immune system and you are more suseptable to cold and other things. Do you go to playgroups or daycare? If so, you should wash your child's hands when you go home or carry some purell with you just to help clean away things picked up from other children. My daughter didn't really start getting sick until we went to playgroup and that's because some people bring their children when they are sick, runny noses. Is she allergic to milk? Sometimes that leads to cronic colds and ear infections. I would see your family doctor and talk to him/her about it.

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