Usually, kids who have allergic problems and catch colds frequently, are often more prone to get ear infections. When a child catches a cold, the Eustachian tube becomes obstructed which allows germs to enter the middle ear. These germs multiply rapidly resulting in middle ear infections.
“Why is my child always sick? He seems to always have a cold.”
1. Children under seven years of age have immature immune systems.This makes them more susceptible to cold and flu viruses.
2. Young children spread more germs because of their tendency to cough and sneeze without covering their mouths. Additionally, they are more apt to contact germ contaminated surfaces such as desks, table tops and toys. This seems always to be followed by them touching their nose, their eyes, their mouth or other sensitive body parts facilitating germ transmission.
3. The Upper airways of younger children, including their ears and surrounding structures, are not fully developed until well after school age. This allows for more frequent viral and bacterial invasion.
Children and Colds
Parents often ask “My child always seems to get a lot of colds. Is this normal?”.
More than likely, your child will probably have more colds, or upper respiratory infections, than any other illness. In their first two years of life most youngsters have eight to ten colds. Furthermore, if your child is in child care, or if there are older school-age children in your house, they may have even more colds since colds spread easily among younger children who are in close contact with one another.
That’s the bad news, but there is some good news. Most colds go away by themselves and seldom lead to anything more serious.
How colds spread
Colds are caused by viruses, which are extremely small infectious organisms. They are much smaller than bacteria. A sneeze or a cough may directly transfer a virus from one person to another. Viruses may also be spread indirectly, such as:
A child or adult infected with the virus will, in coughing, sneezing, or touching her nose transfer some of the virus particles onto her hand.
The child then touches the hand of a healthy person.
This healthy person touches their newly contaminated hand to their own nose, thus introducing the infectious agent to a place where it can multiply and grow, usually the nose or throat. Symptoms of a cold soon develop.