Young children more prone to respiratory diseases

Children aged below five years are at a higher risk of contracting upper respiratory infections. An expert explains, this is because their immune systems are still developing.
Date Posted: Mar 1, 2017

Children aged below five years are at a higher risk of contracting upper respiratory infections. An expert explains, this is because their immune systems are still developing. 

“Kasi nga bata pa s'ya. Murang-mura pa ang kanyang immune system kaya napakadaling kapitan po talaga ng sakit dahil sa Rhinovirus,” Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert, said. 

According to Smithsonian, an online educational magazine, Rhinoviruses can survive up to two days outside the body and droplets can spread the virus up to six feet through sneezing. 

Mary Kriesel Faigal shares how her 5-year-old son got colds recently. 

“‘Pag nagkakasakit ‘yan at nagkakasipon, ewan ko kung saan o kanino s'ya nahahawa. Pero ako, alagang-alaga ko naman ‘yan at sa amin dito ay wala namang may sakit,” Faigal said. 

According to data from Johns Hopkins Medicine, an accredited medical institution, the common cold is one of the most common illnesses during the rainy season. 

“‘Pag common colds, five to seven days ay wala na pero ibang kaso kapag talagang mababa ang immune system. It can last from seven to 10 days,” Salinel said.

Salinel added that it is important to follow your doctor’s advice to avoid the cold from worsening. He also recommends using a vapor rub that can provide a long lasting relief to help suppress cough and relieve nasal congestion during the recovery process.

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