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Understanding Frequent Respiratory Infections in Children with Autism- Insights and strategies

Children with developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental challenges, often experience a higher frequency of respiratory infections compared to their neurotypical peers. In this blog post, we explore the reasons behind these frequent infections, effective prevention strategies, and the role of homeopathic treatment in boosting immunity.

Reasons Behind Frequent Respiratory Infections

Children with developmental disorders may be more susceptible to respiratory infections due to several factors:

  • Immune System Vulnerability: Some developmental disorders can affect immune function, making children more prone to infections.

  • Behavioral Factors: Challenges in hygiene practices or sensory issues may contribute to increased exposure to pathogens.

  • Co-occurring Conditions: Certain disorders may have respiratory complications as comorbidities, further increasing infection risk.

Understanding these factors is crucial for implementing effective preventive measures and supporting overall health in children with developmental disorders.

Prevention Strategies

Preventing respiratory infections involves proactive measures that can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of illnesses:

  • Maintain Hygiene Practices: Encourage regular handwashing, especially after school or outdoor activities, to minimize germ transmission.

  • Bathing after school: Children carry home infections from school, it helps to have a practice of having a hot bath when they come back from school.

  • Steam inhalation daily, especially during rainy weather and winters helps minimise dryness and irritation.

  • A drop of eucalyptus oil on the child's pillow at night can help reduce noseblock and mouth breathing. If the child has sensory issues and this cannot be implemented, use a drop of eucalyptus oil in a mister bottle with water and spray in the bedroom after the child is asleep.

  • Hydration: Ensure children drink an adequate amount of water daily to keep mucous membranes hydrated, aiding in respiratory health.

  • Dietary Considerations: Some children with developmental disorders may benefit from avoiding dairy products, which can exacerbate mucus production and respiratory issues.

  • Healthy Lifestyle: Promote a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to support immune function and overall health.

Building Immunity with Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy provides a holistic approach to enhancing immunity and preventing frequent respiratory infections in children with developmental disorders. Homeopathy offers natural, individualized treatment options without side effects, addressing the root causes of vulnerability to infections.


Frequent respiratory infections can pose significant challenges for children with developmental disorders and their families. By implementing preventive strategies such as maintaining hygiene, hydration, and dietary considerations, along with incorporating holistic treatments like homeopathy, parents can help reduce the incidence of infections and support their child's overall health and well-being.

At Vaidya Child health, we specialise in providing comprehensive support and homeopathic treatment options for children with developmental disorders. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help strengthen your child's immunity and prevent frequent respiratory infections.

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