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What can cause viral infections in infants?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Viruses

The newborn is fortunate to have temporary immunity to many viral illnesses based on moms lifetime of experiences.
This temporary immunity is passed thru the placenta & begins to fade by 3-4 mo. After that point an kids get an average of 5-7 viral respiratory illnesses/yr and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Some vaccines (mmr & hep b) are available to prevent some illnesses, but most will self heal.

In brief: Viruses

The newborn is fortunate to have temporary immunity to many viral illnesses based on moms lifetime of experiences.
This temporary immunity is passed thru the placenta & begins to fade by 3-4 mo. After that point an kids get an average of 5-7 viral respiratory illnesses/yr and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Some vaccines (mmr & hep b) are available to prevent some illnesses, but most will self heal.
Dr. James Ferguson
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