Many infections are signs of immunodeficiency


Increased infections in children are signs of an immune deficiency

Children tend to be more susceptible to infections than adults because of their underdeveloped immune system. Up to twelve febrile illnesses per year are normal for adolescents, according to a recent announcement by the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ).

If the children get sick more than twelve times a year or if there are more complications with rather harmless illnesses such as a cold, this can be done, according to the Federal Press Officer from BVKJ, Dr. Ulrich Fegeler, an indication of an immune deficiency. Although there is only “very rarely an immunodeficiency,” the expert warned that the parents and doctors should still be particularly careful here.

Eight to twelve infectious diseases a year normal for children In general, children are particularly susceptible to infections because their immune system is not yet fully developed and "has to deal with the various germs", according to the latest BVKJ report. According to this, many infants and toddlers suffer between eight and twelve infections a year. "Schoolchildren can also have a cold up to eight times a year without parents having to worry," explained Dr. Fegeler. However, if "a child experiences pneumonia or fungal infections several times a year or more than twelve febrile infections, this can - but need not - be an indication" of an immune deficiency, the BVKJ expert continues. In principle, various forms of an immune defect are conceivable.

Indications of an immunodeficiency in children According to the BVKJ, a possible indication of an immunodeficiency in the child is if the little ones are more likely to develop persistent yeast infections, four or more severe ear infections and more than one pneumonia or general severe inflammation each year. According to the BVKJ experts, the increased occurrence of sinus infections or long-term antibiotic treatments may also be due to an immune deficiency. Parents should inform the pediatrician if the little ones "often develop complications with colds, which must be treated with antibiotics and the child has a hard time recovering," emphasized Dr. If disorders of the immune defense are already known in the family environment, according to the federal press spokesman, the professional association of pediatricians should be particularly careful anyway. According to the latest BVKJ announcement, approximately one in 20,000 children in Europe and one in 10,000 children in the United States are affected by a congenital immune defect. (fp)

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