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Do we give children the flu shot?

Do we give children the flu shot?

Infections of the respiratory tract, whether we speak of those of the upper tract, such as colds, tonsillitis, laryngitis, influenza, or those of the lower tract such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis or pneumonia, are a major problem for mothers, leading to a constant concern for the ways in which the immunity of the child can be increased. And if, in principle, 8-10 colds are normal per year, and even necessary because they also stimulate the development of immunity, no one wants to pack and complications or very serious symptoms associated with them.

Therefore, it is very important that the little one is helped to strengthen their immune system, and this is done so permanently, by caring for a healthy diet and in general for a healthy lifestyle (sufficient rest, fresh air, movement in each day, exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life), as well as seasonal, usually before the coming of cold weather, through different herbs for immunity, through oral vaccines or injectable vaccines.

As the cold weather has arrived, moms are definitely thinking about how to help their children's immunity. To support them, here are some essential information about immunization.

1. Food

At this point, it is necessary to know that a child needs daily (or with small exceptions) fruits and vegetables - generally 5 servings a day. Particular attention should also be paid to superfoods, ie those foods that have a positive effect on immunity, such as: garlic, onion, berries, chain, parsley, red beet, various seeds and others.

And if you worry about how to determine the little one to consume you can try various tricks that are very useful in this regard. For example, syrup (you can find numerous sources on the Internet that show you how to prepare it correctly) can be combined with a little peach juice, which cuts off the unpleasant taste of this superfood.

If a child's diet is as healthy as possible - plenty of fruit and vegetables, almost nonexistent fries and fast foods, protein, carbohydrates, lipids in a balanced and high quality way, and if he has and a healthy lifestyle with daily movement, sufficient rest, etc., then, at least theoretically, should automatically make only milder forms of respiratory infections, and therefore not need much help for immunity.

2. Syrups

In the last years, the pharmaceutical market has been invaded by numerous syrups meant to strengthen the children's immune system. These are usually based on plant extracts, on colostrum and probiotics, or on colloidal silver and are released without a prescription. But be careful! Even if you can buy them without a prescription, they should not be abused. It is advisable to ask at least one pharmacist if you give your child one or more such syrups per year.

3. Oral vaccines

Here are pharmaceutical products that contain inactive bacterial fragments, such as Broncho Vaxom, Luivac or Lantigen B. They are given orally (they are in the form of drops, pills or powders), usually on a prescription.

Regarding how often these oral vaccines should be used, Dr. Hotaran Crucian, a pediatric primary physician, gave us the following explanation:

"Normally, microbial vaccinations, intended to stimulate the immunity, especially of children in communities, in the viruses season, or in children with low, congenital or acquired immunity, are generally done only once a year, after schemes agreed by the manufacturers (eg - Bronchovaxom - one tablet per day, 30 days, break 30 days, then the same cure is resumed another month; the following scheme can be used - 1 cp per day - 10 days a month - 3 cures Luivac - 1 cp per day 28 days, pause 28 days, then resume treatment.) In the cases mentioned above - children with low immunity, 2 such cures per year can be made in the viruses season. ".

In this category can also include influenza vaccines that are in the form of nasal spray (for example Fluenz, which contains strains of influenza virus, and which are also issued on prescription).

4. Injectable vaccines

These are recommended by doctors especially for infants of early age, who can develop greater complications due to a respiratory infection. They are done between October and December, and can protect the child from many influenza viruses, but not against everyone. This means that the little one can get the flu even if he or she has been vaccinated. In addition, injectable vaccines may have more serious side effects, such as the development of an allergy. If you decide to give your child an influenza vaccine, and after his injection the little one has one of the following problems - difficulty breathing, dizziness, vomiting, weakness, skin rash, then go to the doctor urgently.

5. What to choose

Certainly, the first one on the list of options is a healthy lifestyle with everything it encompasses: balanced nutrition, movement, the outdoors, breastfeeding and including the concern for such a regimen throughout the nine months of intrauterine life. And this healthy lifestyle is the only one that is recommended for all children.

As for the rest of the solutions to strengthen immunity, no one can say that they are effective for any child. One syrup may work in one child, and the other may not, and an injectable vaccine may not give adverse effects to one child, but to another.

Therefore, it is very important to advise a doctor to examine the child and, preferably, to know him as a child, so that he has all the medical problems that he has had.

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