A 34-year-old member asked:
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what are some possible causes of a child having frequent illnesses, both viral and bacterial?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
73 years experience Preventive Medicine
Poor diet.period: Poor diet affects immunity. Stop all forms of "junk", particularly the sweet stuff and get a well rounded multivitamin.
Answered on May 15, 2012
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Define frequent !: Early childhood studies have shown us the average preschooler will have 5-7 respiratory and 3 diarrheal illnesses per year.Most are relatively minor and don't require an office visit.It drops to 5/yr total at school age. Most consider it a reflection of the child building its own immune system.Recurrent more serious illness can be a sign of an abnormal immune system or condition.
Answered on Sep 3, 2016

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