No one knows for sure how many children have abnormal immune systems. It is becoming more common as more children receive transplants and survive serious problems with their immune systems, such as HIV. Some children have temporary alterations in their immune systems brought about by medications, but the immune system returns to normal when the medication is stopped.
Adaptations for children with immune suppression depend on the specific disease. It is important to have a complete and up-to-date Care Plan that is reviewed with the child’s parents/guardians.
Staff should recognize the need for prompt action for fever.
Nemours KidsHealth: “Immune System,” http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/immune.html
Source: Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.
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