Question: Can babies get different diseases to older people eg adults and teens

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  1. absolutely! Children and babies bodies are still developing and are a bit different to an adults body, so there are diseases which only affect children. There are a range of cancers which are only found in children, such as Wilm’s tumours.

    There are also diseases such as noddings disease which only affects children in East Africa

    also, babies immune systems havent fully developed so if they catch something like whooping cough, it can be really bad for them. This is why we all need to be immunised for these disease, because if 95% of the population are vaccinated, then this provides very good protection for those who cant be vaccinated like babies and the elderly.


  2. Yes, the tender being of an infant makes him/her susceptible to various kinds of problems and illnesses. which don’t pose much risk to adults.
    After birth, babies have protection against infection through two main parts of the immune system. Firstly, babies are protected by what is known as the innate immune system. The innate immune system provides an immediate defence against disease causing bugs and is very effective. However, it doesn’t protect against all bugs, isn’t at its best early in life and doesn’t learn, so protection doesn’t get better with time.
    The second tier of protection in babies comes from antibodies called immunoglobulins. They are passed from mothers in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy. They are very important and provide good protection until 3- 6 months of age when their levels decrease. This decline, coming as it does before the baby’s own defences have developed, leave babies particularly susceptible to infections.
    Overall, babies’ immune system lack the experience we have against diseases but vaccines may speed up the learning process.