Monday, March 14, 2011

Immunity Myth of childhood

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Myth: It pays to buy a special anti bacterial soap.
Fact:  Since viruses not bacteria cause most childhood illnesses, special bacterial soaps aren't necessary.  Plain soap and water are just as well.

Myth: If your child has a cold or the flu, keep him away from others.
Fact: By the time your child shows symptoms, it's too late.  The vast majority of illnesses are contagious before the illness manifest. Most colds example are contagious the day before children get sick.

Myth: Fever is always cause for alarm
Fact: Fever is not a disease; Its an immune response that helps the body defend itself.  There's evidence that many infectious organisms don't do as well at higher body temperatures and that treating fever with ibuprofen or acetaminophen may prolong the illness says some doctors. This explain why doctor may take a wait-and-see approach when your child has fever. But sometimes they will just prescribed paracetamol to lower the fever.

Myth: You can boost your child's immunity y giving her big dose of Vitamin C.
Fact: The body doesn't store vitamin C and can only use so much at one shot. Giving your child vitamin C supplement to boost her vitamin C intake above the recommended daily allowance ( 40 to 45mg) won't do her any good.  Any excess will simply be excreted and not used by the body. You can give foods rich in Vitamin C such as orange juice, strawberries etc.

Myth:  Chicken pox is a harmless childhood illness.  Everybody gets it.
Fact:  More than hundred of child die from the chickenpox each year. Mother should always follow up the schedule of immunization of the child.

If you see something wrong with your child, try to see your doctor immediately.


Russ aka Grampy said...

Great facts. Thanks for sharing. The fever thing is difficult. You want to make your child comfortable. Unless it is a high fewer sometimes it is indeed best to let it do its job.

Dhemz said...

very interesting post...nangungulit lang po!

lee said...

like this post...tatandaan ko na ito para magamit ko pag nagkaanak ako hahaha

kimmy said...

this is such a very helpful post.. thanks for sharing!

Sapa Tours said...

Thank you! There are usefull infomations!

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