Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Shaun | 2009-12-10

Q.

Creche Bugs?

Hi, my 6 month old son who is at creche during the week keeps catching viral infections that make him nauseus etc. He has no allergies that we know of, and is busy teething.

He has just got over a bout of bronchiolitis and has now caught his 2nd viral infection since. He seems to only get sick at creche. (and we have to continuously take time off of work to look after him at home) What can we do to prevent him from catching these viruses? When will his immune system get strong enough to fight off of these viruses?

Is there anything specific I can tell the creche to do or not do?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This story is typical of the so-called 'creche syndrome' where young children at creches keep on getting one illness after another. You can try to boost your baby's immunity by giving him Creche Guard and also a regular probiotic such as Reuteri infant drops.If this does not help it would be worthwhile considering keeping him at home and employing a child minder to look after him.

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Posted by: Shelby | 2009-12-10

Hi Shaun,

My child is also at creche and was at the Doctor every week for 5 weeks with some or other infection. He had a bad ear infection and the Ear, Nose &  Throat Doctor said it was best to send them to creche only when they are 3 years old, as their immune system should have built up by then. We decided to send him at 2 &  half years old as he was getting bored at home, so we thought it would be better for him to socialise and we would deal with the sicknesses as they arose. We gave him Scotts Immulsion vitamin syrup, just to boost him. We also gave him a Probiflora tablet.

Is there any way you could keep your child at home, perhaps with the maid? In our case, the amount we spent on medical bills could have paid for a maid anyway.

Good luck, read what the Doctor suggests, perhaps a vitamin booster for his age.

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