While families worry about their children getting sick often, experts say it’s normal for children to get sick 8 or 10 times a year. Dr. Murat Cömert, a faculty member, gave advice to families, drawing attention to the fact that children who started school or nursery school were in crowded environments for the first time, and their immune systems were not fully strengthened.


Cömert stated that the first thing that disturbs every parent is that their children get sick. “Most of the children get sick more frequently, especially in the autumn and winter months. Especially the first year of kindergarten or school is more difficult in terms of illness. Because children who stay away from crowded environments until school age have not met germs and their immunity is not strengthened. With the school age, many children spend time together in closed class environments, each child presents germs and bacteria that their bodies have not yet met to each other, and naturally brings diseases together.

Drawing attention to the importance of the immune system, Cömert said, “Every year spent at school in children whose immunity is stronger is overcome with less disease than a year ago. Our immune system works on the basis of recognizing microbes. When the body encounters a microbe that it does not know or recognize, it succumbs to the microbe and becomes ill. If the body encounters the same microbe again, our immune system steps in and the disease is overcome before it occurs. Of course, to win this war, the body’s immunity and resistance must be good. This is achieved especially by a balanced diet, good sleep and an active life. “Despite good immunity, conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis cause children to get sick frequently in allergic children.”


Underlining that the first symptom of many diseases is high fever, Cömert said, “When a microbe enters our body, the first protection of the body is to increase fever and prevent the spread of the microbe. It is necessary to see the pediatrician in cases where the fever is constantly high (38.5), the child has a bad appearance, severe vomiting, accompanying rash, and fever in babies under 3 months ”and stated that it is normal for children to get sick 8-10 times in the first year of school.

Cömert said that when a microbe enters the body, the first way of protection of the body is to increase fever and prevent the spread of the microbe, Cömert gave the following warnings to the families:

“In cases where the fever is constantly high (38.5), the child has a bad appearance, severe vomiting, rash with fever, and fever in babies under 3 months, it is necessary to see a pediatrician. If a child has a history of frequent use of antibiotics and has severe infections continuously, if there is growth retardation, if there is a continuous fungal infection in the skin or mouth, if there is an immunocompromised person in the family, it should be evaluated for immunodeficiency. In addition, if a child has more than two sinus infections, pneumonia, deep tissue infection and more than four ear infections in a year, it should be evaluated in terms of immunodeficiency. “


Stating that infection-related diseases are the most common and occur after close contact with a sick person, Cömert said, “Respiratory tract germs are transmitted to nearby people by the patient’s speech, coughing and sneezing. Germs associated with diarrhea can be transmitted by the patient’s faeces or contaminated water and poorly washed vegetables and fruits. Families who are careful about hygiene and cleanliness spend more comfortable especially in winter. With the pandemic, people started to pay more attention to cleanliness. Nobody is shaking hands, hugging or kissing anymore, and because of the importance of hand cleaning, there is no trace of the epidemics we see in winter this year, ”he said.

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