This parameter is faced only by those who have to take a detailed blood test from a finger. In cases on duty, we are interested in the values of ESR – the rate of formation of erythrocytes, leukocytes – to determine the presence of an inflammatory process and the level of hemoglobin in the blood. The fact that eosinophils are elevated in children, parents sometimes may not even guess and do not even know what eosinophils are.
Eosinophils are phagotic cells from the leukocyte group, mainly consisting of immunoglobulin E. They create a protective barrier in the fight against many diseases, which include infectious, systemic and caused by parasitic pathogens.
If, with a normal number of leukocytes , eosinophils are elevated in a child, the reasons can be identified as follows:
Very often children become infected with worms from pets.
Eosinophils may also be elevated in children during the course of childhood infections and blood diseases.
These protective cells, after being released into the blood, exist there in an active form for up to 2 weeks, the hormonal system in the adrenal glands is responsible for their number.
If the other indicators, except for eosinophils, are normal, and the leukocyte cells themselves are not much higher than the normal value, then you should not panic. The level may change throughout the day. Tests are taken most often in the morning, on an empty stomach. And it is then that the maximum amount of eosinophils is present in the blood. The procedure is repeated and then they already look at the result.
It is believed that eosinophils are elevated in children when in several tests their blood content is more than 7-8% under the age of two years and 5-6% over the age of 2 years.
If the values are seriously exceeded, additional examinations are offered. If a child has recently had a viral infection, then blood tests are postponed for at least 3 months, and a stool test for worm eggs can be taken immediately. Maybe you will have to take this analysis several times. Parasites and their eggs are not always present in the feces, they have a well-established life cycle.
Not every parent is capable of torturing a child by collecting bile to determine the presence of opisthorchiasis in the body. Moreover, the presence of parasite eggs in the bile ducts is also detected 5 weeks after infection and has a cyclical character.
With the help of tests and examinations, it is usually possible to identify why eosinophils are elevated in a child. Treatment is prescribed only if circumstances require it.
It is impossible to leave helminthic infestations without therapy, parasites need to be disposed of after detection. It is also worth taking care of a special diet for the baby if the increase in eosinophils was caused by ulcerative colitis or intestinal disease of another etiology. It is definitely worth clarifying what medical intervention is required if diseases associated with hematopoiesis disorders have been identified.
If there is bronchial asthma or chorea, then you will have to put up with elevated eosinophils, and monitor their level in dynamics.
In some chronic diseases, it is not necessary to focus attention on the fact that eosinophils are elevated in children. For this condition, this is the norm.
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