The change in seasons has given rise to several illness and infections, from which children seem to be the worst affected. As concerning and bothersome as primary infections are, secondary infection can be as worrying.
What is a secondary infection?
A secondary infection is an infection which comes back or an infection, which is caused because a primary infection has dropped the immunity.
Breaking it down further, “Now, child has cough, child has a fever, child has a viral, child has a primary infection. You’re treating it with or without an antibiotic. Medicines are on, you’re doing good. The fever goes… 24 hours, 36 hours, 48 hours and no fever. We’re all happy and BANG! The fever comes back – That’s when you do not waste time.”
The experts emphasizes on going to a pediatrician and getting your child tested so as to rule out secondary infection.
3 main causes of secondary infection:-
According to the doctor, a secondary infection can be caused due to three reasons.
1: The primary infection was viral, which dropped the immunity. The body fights the virus, but picks up another bug because of the low immunity.
2: The initial doses of the antibiotic given to the child worked only temporarily, allowing the bugs to regain their strength and cause another episode of sickness.
3: The antibiotic resistance, where the standard antibiotic does not work anymore.
To tackle secondary infection, get the children tested, if they fall sick again and have fever after 24-36 hours of no fever. Parents should be stopping the antibiotics if their children get better in a day or two. Don’t send your kids to school or out to play immediately after recovery. The post-viral immunity phase, children tend to pick up secondary infection. So, do not neglect it.
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