Frequent infections in children
your child constantly catching colds?
you think it may be due to an immune system deficiency?
every child experiences a period of recurrent upper respiratory tract
infections (URTI). It can occur in the first year of life, but is
most likely when the child begins to attend a nursery. A common viral
cough lasts up to four weeks in about 10% of ordinary viral URTI.
with immune deficiencies do not usually have frequent infections, but
when they do get an infection, it is severe. These children often
need hospital treatment for pneumonia, meningitis, bone or kidney
your doctor if:
Richmond Practice our GP and paediatrician can assist if you
experience these problems. We will assess your child to see if the
problem is physical or due to other problems. We will suggest
treatment which will help your child to thrive.
child does not develop properly; if they are not thriving
child seems lethargic and has no energy - even when they show no
signs of infection
child seems to need antibiotics often
ear infections are always purulent (containing
or composed of pus)
cough is always associated with pain, wheezing or shortness of