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There are various causes of weakening of the immune system. The changing life pattern of parents because of work pressure, environmental factors, food habits, deficiency of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients have definite negative influence on the immunity, which also passes on to the children. Cases of frequent infections and allergies are increasing. It covers minor cold, cough, running nose, tonsillitis, bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, allergic skin problems, etc. Reports suggest that taking too much of antibiotics or being obese cause weak immunity.
It is normal to have 2 to 4 times cold and minor infections in children a year. If the frequency is more, the physician should investigate the cause. Very often weak immune system permits micro-organisms to settle down easily and bring discomfort to the child.
Different types of immunity
Innate immunity: Cough reflex, enzymes in tears and skin oils, mucus which traps bacteria and small particles, skin and stomach acid are part of the protective system which act as barriers that keep harmful materials from entering the body. These barriers form the first line of protection in the defense system. If an antigen gets past these barriers, it is attacked and destroyed by other parts of the immune system. It is called innate immunity, which is normally inherent.
Adaptive immunity is either natural, such as from infection, or artificial such as immunization. Such immunization process is called as passive immunity which involves antibodies that are produced in a body other than our own.
Weakness of immunity can cause frequent suffering.
Symptoms of weak immune system
Ways to keep the immune system healthier and childhood immunity
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