The arrival of the rainy season in the Philippines is dreaded by most parents, and for good reason. From common flu viruses to the much-dreaded dengue disease, the wet season brings in a variety of germs, viruses, and bacteria that often hit individuals with a weak immune system—kids included.
In June, the Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public to take simple health precautions to ward off sicknesses common at this time of the year, such as dengue fever and influenza, or commonly known as the flu.
DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy told reporters in an interview, “Influenza is really difficult to prevent because we won’t know who actually has it…because a simple cough or cold could actually be the flu already.” Flu, which is highly contagious, usually peaks during the rainy season.
With this health concern, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) urges the public, most especially the parents, to protect their kids from these types of diseases by boosting their resistance.
“Safeguarding your child’s immune defenses is the first step to making sure that they stay healthy. Practicing good hygiene and ensuring a clean surrounding where children can play and be active are also important,” advised Dr. Egbert Dorado, pediatrician and senior medical manager at PCH.
Dr. Egbert adds that children are susceptible to monsoon-related diseases because of exposure to rain and different viruses that abound. “There’s the common cough and cold, then there are water-born illnesses and life-threatening diseases ranging from respiratory tract infections to leptospirosis. Thus focusing on your kids’ health is critical during this season,” he explained.
One of the most effective ways to protect children from illnesses is by strengthening their immune system by giving them multivitamins that would further help meet their nutritional needs.
“Giving your kids a well-rounded diet is difficult these days, especially when the child is a picky eater and also because of the rise of processed foods, fast food joints, and even unhealthy meals from their school canteen. This is where multivitamins would come in,” Dr. Egbert said. “It must be noted though that every kid has different health needs. So it’s best to consult a physician to know the best medicine or vitamins for your kids.”
Currently, PCH holds in its portfolio various children’s medicines that help boost a child’s immune system and treat common sickness. These include trusted brands like the multivitamins Children’s Clusivol, Advil for fever relief, Incremin for iron deficiency, and Robikids, Dimetapp, and Loviscol for cough and colds.
The recent call of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare to focus on child health and nutrition is in line with its mission of creating a healthier world for all—because for kids, a healthy body is to a happier future and for the parents, a healthy child is to peace of mind.
– Pfizer, Inc. (Phils.)