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Increase in respiratory viruses: how to reduce the symptoms of pediatric illnesses at home

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In the midst of the delicate situation in which medical centers find themselves due to the high circulation of childhood respiratory viruses and the scarcity of pediatric beds available in Latin America, for example in Chile, the Ministry of Health has reported that in during this 2022 25 children under the age of 15 who lost their lives as a result of viral infections. Although emergency room visits have dropped by between 20% and 30% since the start of the school holidays, the simultaneous frequency of viruses continues to cause concern among the population.

As Fernando Martínez, pediatrician and bronchopulmonary doctor for children at the MEDS Clinic, explains, “to avoid these infections, the truth is that there is not much you can do when you are living a normal life. Getting sick is how children develop their own defenses and what has happened is that those miners who had been virtually disease free for two years are now getting much sicker than usual when they come into contact with other children in schools.

Martínez added that “diseases are how they acquire specific defenses against viral infections, therefore, as they get older and get sick, they do so less. In general, these viral infections are self-limiting and do not require treatment.

Regarding the signs that adults should be aware of when taking children to the doctor, the pediatrician assured “if a child looks very listless, does not want to eat or parents notice it with breathing very agitated, especially when they detect that their ribs sink when they breathe, these are indications to consult.In addition, one must be careful if he contracts pneumonia and falls into respiratory failure, or if he is superinfected with bacteria that may require antibiotics It is very common for these viral infections to cause fever, but if it goes down and the children are fine, we can wait.

Regarding the measures that parents should incorporate at home, to ensure a healthy environment for children, the specialist in pediatric respiratory diseases explained that “fireplaces, braziers and traditional oil and gas stoves are the most efficient heating systems. more polluting, therefore its use must be avoided.If there is no other alternative, it is essential to ventilate permanently and to periodically check the good condition of the appliances, so that combustion is optimal.

The specialist added that “it is essential to ventilate the house even when it is cold and to avoid behaviors such as smoking inside the house. The presence of polluting particles in the environment, whether outdoors or indoors, causes irritation and a greater propensity for inflammation of the respiratory tract. This way, they are more prone to becoming inflamed and causing increased symptoms of respiratory illnesses in children. This, added to the cold and humidity, is one of the main causes of the increase in the spread of this type of virus and infections during the winter.

In addition, the children’s broncho-pulmonary doctor periodically asked for deep cleaning and tries not to raise dust when living with minors. In addition, he warned that excess humidity can also be very harmful at this time of year, and advises avoiding excess steam in the house, caused by boiling water, cooking or drying clothes.

Source metroecuador.com

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