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Get the Lowdown On How to Detect Infection on Children

Updated on August 17, 2016
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ICU Nurse in Children's Ward which was an exciting and challenging career. As a mother of two I look forward to sharing my experiences.


Steps That Will Boost Your Child's Immune Cells And Help Your Child Stay Healthy

Once you understand the immune response you will realize how important it is for you to take the steps that will boost your child's immune cells and help him stay healthy.

How Immune Battles Are Fought

I am constantly amazed at all the cool stuff that our bodies do. Brains do the thinking and the heart can pump blood which is truly amazing stuff. In the pecking order of miraculous processes immunity has to rank right up there. A newborn baby isn't a perfectly packaged toy ready to go right out of the box. During his time in the uterus he developed a bit of his own immune system but he also relied on Mom's immunity to help protect him from toxins. Both those immune cells and antibodies or protective proteins were passed to him through an equally miraculous process involving the placenta. By six months after birth, a child's immune system is mostly all his. The immune cells come in a few different forms and perform a few different functions.

Viruses Can Affect Your Child

A viruses is much smaller than a bacteria and are not independent organisms that need one of your body's cell or host cell to reproduce unlike bacteria which can produce on their own. Virus invades a host cell then switches out the host's genetic code with it then uses the cell equipment and resources to pump out lots and lots of new viruses which go off and invade other host cells. The distinction between the antibiotics are typically ineffective at killing viruses but antiviral medications help fight some viruses by inhibiting them from either entering or exiting the host cell.


Children And Fevers

When our children get fevers many of us focus on bringing the fever down and that is okay. But the fever is not the real problem. The fever is the beep of the fire alarm alerting you that there might be a fire elsewhere in the body. Fever acts as a first line detection system and an adaptive response that decreases microbial reproduction and the inflammatory response. Inflammation and heat go together like peanut and jelly. That is all well and good but what you really want to know is what exactly you are supposed to do when your child starts burning up. First off all it important to know that for children there's no set normal temperature. A child temperature can vary depending on the time of day or whether she has a fast or slow metabolism. The range of typical temperature for a kid is between ninety six and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit but that also depends on how the temperature of the child was taken.

While it be immediate impulse to try to bring down the fever truth is that you don't need to rush to the medicine cabinet if

-the fever is not bothering the child.

-she has no history of seizures other chronic metabolic disease.

-she shows no other symptoms.

Bacteria Contagious Enemies

If we think about germs in everyday terms we tend to think of the places we find them like the toilet and the the kitchen but the reality is that it's very hard for us to truly visualize what a germ is and what it does. In this section we will be discussing the specific contagious conditions that most often affect kids. It should be noted that we rarely see the most dangerous contagious diseases anymore thanks to vaccinations. Before we get to the specifics let us take a step back to make sure you're clear on the contagious enemies. Bacteria are one celled organisms that feed on substances in the body. And when they do they sometimes release toxins that trigger the outward symptoms of illness. Now there are plenty of good bacteria that live in our bodies and you can cultivate more of them by taking pro biotic. Bad bacteria can be fought with antibiotics. Most antibiotics just injure the bacteria and you need your army of white cells to finish off the bad guys.

The theory is that TV watching takes the place of physical activity so go swimming. Swimming does an excellent job of lessening asthma symptoms in children although some kids do have reactions to the chlorine.


What To Do When Visiting Hospitals

Even though we do not wish it on anyone but every parent will spend some time in an Emergency Room. It does not matter if you’re there to check out a fever or a broken bone this can be one of the worst places for getting an infection. While you may not be able to prevent all of them you can still take precautions by carrying hand sanitizer and a stash of toys for your kids. It is also imperative that you make sure that hospital staff washes their hands before seeing your child. The fact is that gloves can harbor even more germs because it will get trapped between the skin. So a fresh wash is a must for anyone however your child will get sick every once in a while. You can prevent this by helping soothing him and doing what you can to speed his recovery.

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How To Reduce Your Child's Exposure To Asthma Triggers

Asthma is form of an allergic reaction one that is characterized by breathing difficulties. Now that does not mean that all kids with allergies have asthma or that all kids with asthma have allergies but there is some overlap. It is very common in inner cities where people are exposed to pollution and cockroaches but much lower in kids raised on farms this is possibly because of a protective effect from being exposed to various toxins from animals. Considering that up to fifteen percent of kids develop asthma at some point in their childhood. it is important to learn about the condition which means a crash course in the structure and function of the lungs. To start with picture your respiratory system as an upside down tree. When you breathe in the air goes down the trachea the trunk of the tree that funnels the air into your lungs. After all lungs are one of the few places in your body that interact directly with the outside world and are directly exposed to toxins from the environment. Wheezing is more a sign of asthma in adults and kids with asthma tend to cough.So while it is recommended that you be vigilant when it in comes to hand washing to protect against those viruses and bacteria that can get passed from hand to mouth. Remember that there is an absolute biological advantage to exposing your kid to all kinds of things in the natural world including dirt. There is no cure for allergies or asthma but you can minimize it by trying to reduce your child's exposure to triggers. Be clear about the risks and about the parameters for example if your child will get reactions even if the peanuts are anywhere the room. Clear up some the most common rookie mistakes that adults make such as making a sandwich with the same knife that was used to spread peanut butter or sharing foods that do not overtly contain any peanut but may have been made with peanut oil.

Simple Tactics To Reduce Exposure To Asthma and Allergies

Do not carpet the room because bare floors do not trap allergens.
Use light drapes that you can wash regularly instead of heavy ones which can trap dust.
Switch from leather to foam pillowcase to see if his symptoms improve.
Take your child to the zoo. While she won’t remember the poop-playing monkeys or the sleep all day lions however her immune system will. The zoo is filled with a particular type of antigen, which will actually help your child build up her immunity army.
If your child has a severe peanut allergy or other serious allergy you have to be his strongest advocate everywhere he goes and vigilantly communicate the seriousness of the allergy and how to handle it including prevention and exposure.

Causes Of Asthma In Children

To treat Asthma pediatric doctors may prescribe various medications including inhaled steroids to open the airways. In addition to the acute risks of asthma attacks the disease is also associated with many health risks later in life such as obesity and heart disease. In the case of either asthma or allergies the key is to be on the lookout for behavior and symptoms that give you clues as to whether your child might be experiencing some kind of inappropriate immune reactions.


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