How common are repeated infections in children?
Babies are born with immature immune systems. As a result, babies tend to get a high number of infections, usually 1 every 1 to 2 months. Babies' immune systems begin to mature soon after birth. The number of infections begins to go down with time. By the time children are school-age, their rate of infection is usually the same as the rate for adults.
Why might my doctor be concerned about repeated infections in my child?
Most doctors become concerned if children go from simple viral infections to more complicated and severe bacterial infections, such as blood infections and pneumonia. Unusual infections or an increase in the number of infections over time are other warning signs.
Will my child be okay?
Most children who have repeated infections don't have any serious problems and grow up to be healthy adults. Their infections occur less frequently by the time they reach school-age. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and eats a healthy diet. Sleep and proper nutrition may be just as important as medicine in helping your child fight off infections.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff