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Viral Infections in Children and How to Prevent Them

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Viral infections in children are very common. As much as you do not want to see your child ill in bed, you cannot guard against them completely. Follow our guide to understand viral illnesses in children and how to keep them at bay.

Common illnesses like diarrhoea, sore throat, fever, rash, and vomiting are classified as viral infections but these are usually not very serious in nature. However, there are certain viral diseases like measles, chickenpox, and mumps, which could lead to severe consequences for your child.

1. What causes viral infections?

Viruses spread through infected droplets from runny nose and saliva from coughs. Places such as childcare centres and schools are the breeding ground for germs and the spreading of viruses from one child to another is the most prevalent in closed quarters. Additionally, when children unknowingly consume contaminated water or food items, they are likely to contract viral infections.

2. Symptoms of viral infections

Viruses tend to affect young children as their immune system is weak and they cannot fend off viral infections on their own. The most common symptoms of viral infections  are sore throat, red sore eyes, vomitting, diarrhoea, high fever, coughing, sneezing and feeling extremely lethargic. The less common symptom is the developing of rashes with white pus-filled boils.

3. Prevention and treatment of viral infections

Viral infections must be treated with antiviral drugs and vaccinations. They are easily available and the most effective way in dealing with viruses. However, the best treatment for viral illnesses is proper rest at home so that your child can recuperate and gradually build his immune system to fight off the infection.

4. Tips to protect your child from viral infections

To prevent viral infections in your children, proper hygiene habits must be administered. Encourage them to wash their hands with Lifebuoy Total 10 Germ Protection Handwash frequently before and after meals, after using the washroom and playing outdoors. They also need to learn to sneeze into a handkerchief or tissues and wash their hands after that to prevent the spread of germs.  In the event where water is not available, advise them to clean their hands with Lifebuoy Hand Sanitizer Mild Care or wet wipes before touching any surfaces.

Other than instilling good hygiene habits, make sure your children eat a balanced diet and get all the needed nutrients to guard their body against viral infections. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep every day is also important to maintain a healthy immune system. Lastly, ensure everyone in the family get regular vaccinations to fight off viral infections like mumps, rubella, varicella or chickenpox, and measles.