Why are we seeing a spike in respiratory diseases in children. What are the symptoms and red flags for parents? How can we protect our children and grown from these infections? WHO’s Dr Wilson Were explains in Science in 5. [Video Credit: World Health Organisation] About NDTV (English news channel): NDTV is India’s Most-Trusted News
WHO’s Science In 5: Spike In Respiratory Diseases In Children
Foreign we are seeing a spike in respiratory diseases among children in many parts of the world what are the symptoms what are the red flags and how can parents protect their children hello and welcome to science in five I’m vishmita Gupta Smith we are talking to Dr Wilson weary.
Today welcome Wilson Wilson speak to us about this Spike that we are seeing in respiratory diseases in children we are seeing a spike in respiratory diseases children particularly those under 10 years of age beyond the typical flu season without experienced during fall and winter months this unusual spike in cases has been reported in several.
Countries in Europe including France Netherlands Sweden and United Kingdom and also in the United States they are seeing an increasing number of children hospitalized with acute respiratory infections caused by Common respiratory viruses such as influenza para influenza respiratory system virus commonly called RSV adenoviruses and coronaviruses.
Including covid-19 in addition we’re also seeing increasing cases of pharyngitis and skin infection caused by bacteria called group a streptococcal infection this may be because we are back to relative normal essay after covid-19 and seeing viruses and bacteria spread again maybe some children did not have prior.
Infections so don’t have any built-in immunity or maybe some of these viruses changed just a little bit and seemed to be spreading faster maybe some children are getting multiple infections so becoming more sicker than usual so it could be any of these reasons we are as we try to figure out.
Which particular one Wilson what are the symptoms what are the red flags that the parents should be looking out for typically children will have a cold or flu-like symptoms with the rest in runny nose or another condition sneezing with cracked throat irritating throat a cough.
Some might have a fever or changing their ability to eat or drink in most cases parents and caregivers can manage these symptoms however in some case it may be associated with group a streptococcal infection in this case children will have a sore throat a headache muscle pains and a fever along with a fine.
Reddish rash which is called scarlet fever but watch out for the red flags worsening of these symptoms specifically if a child is breathing too fast or having trouble breathing with the upper tummy getting sucked in which we call chasing drawing or when the lips or skin are turning blue or when the child is.
Constantly running a high temperature or throwing up or is unable to breastfeed drink or eat and in case of group a sweptical infection they have Painful Skin and Bones then you know it’s time to immediately consult a health provider or go to hospital Wilson what can parents do to protect their children from these diseases.
There are three things Pirates can do to protect their children first is practice good hygiene cover your mouth and nose with a mask or tissue cover your mouth when you go for sneeze coughing your elbow or sneeze your elbow throw away use tissues immediately and wash your hands wash your hands regularly with soap or use a.
Hand sanitizer avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth the second thing is to keep up to date with childish vaccination including for influenza and coffee 19. the third thing is breastfeeding if a child is breastfeeding because breast milk is protective against these viruses in younger infants.
Thank you Wilson that was science in five today until next time then stay safe stay healthy and stick with science