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How often are toddlers sick?

By Neil Ginsberg 1 min read

Q: How often should I expect a normal, generally healthy toddler to catch a cold? My almost two-year-old has been doing so at a rate of about once a month. Is this normal?

Parents are often worried that a child who always seems to have a cold or sniffles might have a weak or compromised immune system. The reality is that it is common for babies and toddlers to have eight to 10 colds a year when the immunity they received from their mum starts to fade.

This number will reduce as their own immunity builds. However, with more than 100 different cold viruses, this may take some time.

If your toddler does have a cold, plenty of fluids, rest and good food will help their body fight the virus.

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Any advice given is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and must not be relied upon as such. For any healthcare advice, always consult a healthcare practitioner.

Neil Ginsberg is a paediatrician with the Sydney Adventist Hospital.