Viral Infections in Children and Babies – How to Beat a Virus?
Young children are particularly susceptible to viral infections because their immune systems are not fully developed. As statistics show, toddlers get sick from viral infections as much as 6-12 times a year in the first few years of life.
Viral infections in children
Viral infections in preschool and school-age children are very common, especially during the colder months of the year. Although parents don’t like them, they are well aware of the diseases most commonly caused by viral infections in children: flu, cold, bronchitis, sore throat, ear infection, etc.
Children who attend kindergarten, school or have any other type of collective accommodation or activity are much more exposed to viruses, especially viral respiratory infections.
Symptoms of a viral infection in children are:
- Sore throat
- Mild and high fever
- Stuffy nose and/or runny nose
- Coughing and sneezing
- Red and tearful eyes
- Skin rash
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and lethargy
Viral infections in babies
While children already have some immune systems in place to help them fight the virus, this is not the case for babies who are only a few months old.
However, during the first six months the baby is protected by the antibodies of its mother received during pregnancy and during breastfeeding. After this age, the role of maternal antibodies weakens.
Over time, your baby develops its own immune system, which is why it’s important for it to take all nutrients, but until then, it must be additionally protected.
Recommendations for protection against viral infection in babies:
- If you are able, breastfeed your baby;
- Protect your baby from tobacco smoke;
- Wash your hands regularly;
- Get flu vaccine;
- Avoid public places during the virus season.
Viral infections are inevitable in children. They have their own flow and duration, and rest is recommended, so as to allow the immune system to fight the virus.
One of the most famous natural remedies for treating colds and flu, as well as other similar viral infections, is elder, respectively elderberry extract.
Bimunal syrup, which contains elderberry extract, is therefore very popular for the treatment of viral infections, but also for boosting immunity.
Administration of Bimunal shortens the duration of viral respiratory infection and significantly reduces all its symptoms: sore throat, cough, runny nose and fever.
Viruses and antibiotics
Children are most likely to become ill due to infections caused by germs – bacteria and viruses. Both cause illnesses with similar symptoms.
While bacteria can cause diseases that are successfully treated with antibiotics, viruses are not. Unlike bacteria, viruses cannot be said to be alive. They reproduce only when attacking living organisms. The child’s immune system must fight the viral infection on its own.
How to beat the virus
Children’s immunity plays the most important role when it needs to defend itself against a virus attack, but also when it needs to heal if a viral infection occurs.
Complete immunity of a child consists of three types of immunity: innate, acquired and passive.
Innate (non-specific, natural) immunity – Children are born with this immunity and it provides general protection.
Acquired (specific) immunity – This immunity develops during adulthood, when a child undergoes various diseases and when it comes into contact with different microbes. It is also obtained through vaccination.
Passive immunity – It is usually temporary, and the child receives it from another source. For example, breastfed babies use their mother’s immunity during the breastfeeding period.
So, how do you beat the virus? The answer is – by boosting immunity. Immunity can be strengthened by a healthy diet, or by taking all the necessary nutrients, physical activity, spending time outside on a regular basis, vaccination according to the recommended immunisation calendar, and avoiding inappropriate use of antibiotics.