Evening showers in the last few days have brought a lot of cheers, but the intermittent rains have increased the risk of viral infections in the city, doctors say.
Doctors receive a steady stream of children with symptoms of viral infection, especially fever, cough and cold, and a few with diarrhea. Personal hygiene and sanitation are the key to preventing such complaints, they say.
"Viral infection – colds, cough, fever and loose stools – spreads quickly, but at the same time it is self-limiting," says Dr. P. Ramkumar, a senior pediatric consultant. Over the past two weeks, he has treated several children who have had a fever and cough.
Humid conditions, after occasional rains, are conducive to the growth of viruses, says Dr. R. Githa, consultant pediatrician and neonatologist, Prashanth Hospitals. "This affects children aged 2 to 6. Parents should avoid taking children to crowded places such as theaters and air-conditioned halls.Home remedies such as steam inhalation can be tried for a runny nose while medical should be sought for severe dry cough," said she. In case of high fever, sufficient fluid must be taken to prevent dehydration.
It is not just a fever
Dr. A. Balachandran, pediatrician pulmonologist in Dr. Mehta Children & # 39; s Hospital, said the infection spreads by droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. "I have had children with mild fever and dry cough.It is not just a fever, but it has multiple presentations such as headache, nasal blockage, sneezing, dry cough, itching in the throat, pain in the ear and sometimes mild diarrhea. easy in this weather, "he said.
An unwell child should not be sent to school and must rest for two or three days, he said. "Parents are not allowed to start antibiotics without consulting a doctor, and smoking in the house should be avoided," he said.
Dr. Ramkumar emphasized the need to drink only boiled water. It is important to prevent mosquito breeding from stopping vector-borne diseases, he added.
"It's important to teach children to cover their mouths with tissue when they sneeze or cough and then throw them in the trash. They need to wash their hands with soap to kill the germs." Catch it, do it and kill it, "he said.