Most PARENTS are no strangers to infections. Just about every child has had their share of colds and coughs and infected cuts or the flu. Some youngsters have had first-hand experience with infections that are even more serious pneumonia and meningitis.
Usually, we expect our kids to quickly recover from an infection. We count on our body’s immune defenses (sometimes with the help of antibiotics) to get rid of any germs that cause infection, and to protect our kids against new germs in the future.
Some children, however, are born with an immune defense system that is faulty. They are missing some or, in the worst cases, almost all of the body’s immune defense weapons. Such youngsters are said to have a primary immunodeficiency (PI).
There are over 70 different types of PIs. Each type has some what different symptoms, depending on which parts of the immune defense system are deficient. Some deficiencies are deadly, while some are mild. But they all have one thing in common: they may open the door to multiple infections.
If your child is affected by more than one of the following conditions, speak to their doctor about the possible presence of Primary immunodeficiency.
Eight or more new ear
infections within 1 Year…………….. Recurrent, deep skin or organ abscesses
Two or more serious sinsus
infections within 1 year………………Persistent thrush in the mouth or elsewhere on skin after age 1.
Two or more months on
antibiotics with little effect…………Need for intravenous antibiotics to clear infections
Two or more pneumonias
within one year………………………Two or more deep- seated infections in one year
Failure of an infant to gain
weight or grow normally…………. A family history of Primary Immunodeficiency