Normally, your kid is busy, bouncing off the walls — and driving you bonkers. But then he wakes up one morning and he’s not quite himself. As a momma, sometimes you can just sense that something is “coming on,” and that your child is on the road towards Sickville but isn’t quite there yet. So knowing the signs your kid's immune system is compromised can come in handy when they're coming down with a cold or some other kind of cooties.
Kids and illnesses go hand in hand. All it takes is to hear one “Achoo!” and you’re probably whipping out the antibacterial wipes in the hopes of stopping a full-on germ assault that could threaten to take out the entire family. “A child’s immune system is not fully developed like it is in adults,” family doctor Dr. Nikola Djordjevic, M.D., tells Romper. “Kids that are younger than three have a weak immune response, which makes them susceptible to various viral and bacterial attacks.”
Thing is, germs can be a necessary evil when it comes to strengthening your child’s immune system. “In low amounts, germs teach your child’s immune system how to respond appropriately, and create the necessary antibodies, so that when there’s a full-on attack (e.g., by a virus), their body can react so that they successfully combat the illness,” says Dr. Djordjevic. From looking a little droopy to not eating, know the signs that your kid’s immune system is compromised.