CHILD CARE CURSE
Q My toddler keeps picking up infections at daycare. Is there anything that I can do to boost his immune system to prevent him from catching things?
A GP Dr Linda Calabresi says: Unfortunately, this is the curse of daycare or preschool – especially for children without an older sibling who can help to ensure they get exposed to a range of viruses from an early age. It is regarded as normal for a young child to have as many as 10 to 12 viral infections in their first year of care. To avoid this happening is difficult. Some things that help include teaching your child to wash their hands often, and ensure they have a good diet and plenty of sleep. Remember the majority of these infections are viral and do not need antibiotics. Of course, if you are worried, get your child checked by your doctor. If it’s any consolation, by the time children reach school age they usually have built up considerable resistance to these infections.