Are Your Children Falling Sick Since Resuming School? This Could Be Why

If your child is becoming sick often after resuming physical schooling, watch out for these possible reasons.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: Jul 17, 2022Updated at: Jul 17, 2022
Are Your Children Falling Sick Since Resuming School? This Could Be Why

It felt as if the world turned upside down two years ago when the covid pandemic hit. Children were affected just as badly as adults stuck in quarantines and isolation. Schools were shut down in favour of online classes. During this time, the one thing that most parents came to realise is that physical schooling is the best for children who need it for growth and proper socialisation. They can learn and thrive with peers. However, now that schools are back offline, there are some concerns that are worrying parents. Children are falling sick frequently due to the delayed training of the body’s immune system. Children are suffering from  allergies, viral infection, waterborne diseases, respiratory tract infections, and gastrointestinal infections. We spoke to Dr Amit Gupta, senior consultant paediatrician & Neonatologist at Motherhood Hospital, Noida to know about different reasons that children are falling sick post resuming school.

Sedentary lifestyle

Two years of sitting, playing, and schooling at home has definitely taken a big toll on every kid’s physical and mental health. Reduced physical activity of children is another reason that could make them sick. This has affected the physical development of children. Little or limited physical activities tend to make children fall ill more often than children who are physically active. Parents have shown concerns like kids complaining of leg pain, headaches, and feeling too tired after coming back home from school. With schools getting back offline, it is expected that children will get back to their daily regime of study and play time. However, it is advisable to take things slow. The stamina of the kids will change but it will take some time to re-adjust.(Click here to read Common Misconceptions That Indian Parents Have About Child Nutrition)

Less or no exposure to viruses or bacteria

Young children develop immunity to various viruses and bacteria by regular exposure to a decent amount of inoculums of these microorganisms from their school and play mates. In schools, kids are exposed to various allergens such as pollen, dust, weed, viral infection among other things and this can manifest as, allergic cough. As a result of these exposures, they either develop the disease or a subclinical infection. These lead to formation of antibodies and cellular immunity. Both of these protect them from subsequent infections and diseases.

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Waterborne diseases

Diseases or infections borne by water or food are very common in children, especially during summers and monsoons. We have seen more kids complaining of vomiting and diarrhoea during this time of the year often due to poor food hygiene.

Irregular sleep pattern

The pandemic made it difficult for all of us to maintain a regular sleep routine. Children who did not have morning schools to wake up early for could be facing further issues with their sleep cycles.

Getting sufficient sleep is essential for our immune system. It helps strengthen strong innate and adaptive immunity, and can help avoid severe allergic reactions. On the contrary, erratic sleep routines can disrupt the healthy functioning of the immune system.

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Delayed immunisation of children

Routine vaccination of children had taken a backseat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this many kids have become prone to getting infections like chicken pox, measles, and influenza.  Hence it is important that all pending vaccinations and booster doses are completed as early as possible.

It is common for kids to have a cold 4-5 times a year, which is why parents need to stop worrying about their kids getting a common cold.  However, if your child feels under the weather and shows severe symptoms, consult your paediatrician, and avoid any complications from waterborne diseases like typhoid and hepatitis.

Make sure you teach healthy, hygienic habits to your kids at home, so they can practice the same when they’re at their school. It is also important to teach your little ones how to wash their hands properly and advise them to steer clear of dirt and dust.

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Increase in screen time in children

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Staying indoors for long, attending online classes, potential binge eating, playing video games, overusing smartphones,has also caused attention issues in many children. Most of them aren’t attentive in class as they have become accustomed to digital devices.

Screen-time has also been blamed for physical inactivity — a leading risk factor for global mortality because it  can contribute to childhood obesity. Some argue that restricting the time children spend with screens is one way to forcibly increase physical activity, but this is not supported by research.

Every parent should make sure they set boundaries for the activities their children do. And at the end of the day, determining the ideal amount of screen time is also about balance.

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