Pediatrician Nina Dwi Putri said the spread of the infection was even more vulnerable to infants and toddlers. This is because they tend to use their hands to wipe their noses or rub their eyes and then hold toys or touch other children.
“Very young children also tend to put things in their mouths and frequently touch their faces, making infection more likely,” says dr. Nina Dwi Putri, SpA(K).
For this reason, so that children can still play and have safe activities, parents can apply some infection prevention tips.
The following are suggestions for parents from dr. Nina to prevent and control infections in children.
Immunization is the most effective way to protect children from certain infections. In addition, immunization also protects children who are too young to be vaccinated and those who have medical conditions that prevent children from being vaccinated.
Furthermore, immunization also stops the spread of infection in the community by conferring herd immunity.
2. Get plenty of rest
When children are sick, whether they have a cold, diarrhea, fever, sores, or rashes, even if they are mild, they should stay at home, unless they need to see a doctor.
This can help prevent disease transmission. In addition, children can also rest well, so the recovery can be faster.
“Keep in mind that infection can be transmitted a few days before symptoms appear and after symptoms disappear. Make sure the child has recovered and then resume activities,” said dr. Nina.
3. Avoid crowds
There are several diseases that are easily transmitted if the atmosphere is too crowded and the air circulation is bad.
“So that in the past we often heard our parents suggest that children should not be taken out of the house before 40 days. Maybe this is true too, because newborns usually have not perfect immune systems, so if they are brought to crowds such as markets and other places, it’s easy to get sick,” said dr. Nina.