GET­TING THE CHILLS

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

PROB­LEM

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.

SOLUTION

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.”

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