GETTING THE CHILLS
Drop in temperatures cause an outbreak of various viruses, that often translate into viral fevers, influenza or bacterial pneumonias. Dry air, fog and atmospheric cold give rise to several types of allergies, that may translate into fevers. While most fevers are easily curable with regular paracetamol, the child suffers from discomfort and allied problems like cough, cold and breathing difficulties; which makes it pertinent to save it from fevers as far as possible.
For children above three months of age, fever can usually be arrested with doctoradvised dosage of antipyretics, sponging, ample rest, and intake of fluids. However, if the fever refuses to abate even after three days, it is best to seek medical help. Paediatrician Dr Yogesh Gupta of Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru, advises parents to follow the child’s vaccination schedule closely, to avoid unnecessary complications. “During winter, illnesses like seasonal flu and pneumonia (bacterial) rise in number. So it’s a good idea to administer yearly influenza shots to protect the kids from seasonal flu (H1N1/Swine-flu). The vaccination for pneumococcal pneumonia is helpful in preventing from deadly disease, as the Meningococcal vaccine helps in preventing from meningococcal meningitis (Brain fever), which can be fatal.”