Six out of ten pediatric consultations for respiratory illnesses are due to a cold, which It attacks children on average 1 to 3 times a year, although it depends on their age.: Children under 5 suffer up to 8 and primary school students between 5 and 6.
That’s clear from the study “Child-Respir on the Prevention and Respiratory Infections in Pediatrics” presented this Tuesday, which shows that Most of these infections are mild and the prognosis is good.However between 20 and 40% come from superinfection on a previous infection.
thus, and according to Information provided by 129 pediatricians to nearly 1,900 families participating in the researchPromoted by Laboratorios Ordesa, a 10-year-old child can have up to 100 different infections in his entire life.
on average between 1 and 3 winters
But those of a respiratory nature tend to dominate pediatric consultations, where More than 60% are related to respiratory illnesses caused by coldsWhile other infections such as otitis, laryngitis or bronchiolitis are much less common.
More than half of children have colds 1 to 3 times a yearBut it depends on age, so that the older they are, the less likely they are to have a cold: while children under 5 may do it 7 to 8 times, in the primary school stage this falls to between 5 and 6. Is.
“In general, what we see is infection with a good prognosis, but The initial respiratory problem may lead to superinfection which may require pharmacological treatment such as antibiotics”Dr. Carmen de la Torre has insisted.
Pandemic triggers parental anxiety
Another thing the study revealed The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the anxiety of parents due to respiratory problems in their children, and nine out of ten families, 91%, consult a pediatrician about how to treat this type of infection.
57% of pediatricians agree Families come with more distress when they have respiratory symptoms, And also 89% of parents admit that they have felt more anxious about the arrival of colds, colds and flu due to COVID-19.
Similarly, it is Increased parental interest in phytotherapy and natural remedies: 81% think vitamin and mineral supplements can help stimulate immunity and are useful, while 72% of pediatricians agree that natural immunomodulators reduce the need for antibiotic use.
Do these remedies work? According to Dr. de la Torre, depends on the stage of freezing, For example, onions may be useful when coughing, and honey to reduce cough, although it is not recommended for children under 1 and banned for children under 2 due to its sugar content. Is.