• Question: What is the most common illness children are prone to?

    Asked by anon-249896 to Sophie, SarahC, Sarah on 4 Mar 2020.
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      Sarah Clarke answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      Hi doctorfanta, thanks for your question. There isn’t a simple answer to you question as it really depends where in the world you are looking and at what age children. Across the whole world, infectious diseases (things like malaria or pneumoniae) and malnutrition are the most common. These are a particular problem in very young children (under 5 years of age). In more developed countries like the UK where we have good healthcare services, vaccinations and antibiotics, infectious diseases are still important but we also see more of other illnesses like allergies.

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      Like Sarah said there isn’t a simple answer to this question. But I think I would say in countries like the UK, it would be the common cold. It mutates so much and children are slowly building up their immune system so I would say that. Although allergies are also on the rise too I believe