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Child cases of diarrhea, respiratory diseases rise

Update: January, 07/2015 - 09:31
At the National Paediatrics Hospital, doctor Truong Thi Vinh, head of the Health Examination Ward, said that each day they were examining 2,500-3,000 children with respiratory diseases and Rota virus diarrhoea. — Photo VNA

HA NOI (VNS) — The number of children admitted to hospitals in Ha Noi for respiratory diseases and diarrhoea caused by the Rota virus has increased in the last few weeks, doctors say.

They attribute the increase to changing weather conditions.

Doctor Nguyen Tien Dung, head of the Paediatrics Ward at Bach Mai Hospital, said that the number of children admitted with respiratory problems in December increased by nearly 20 per cent over the previous month.

He said about 200-250 children were visiting the hospital for health checks everyday and 10-15 of them were being admitted to treat pneumonia, bronchitis and other problems. Most of the admitted patients are under six months old.

The number of children suffering from diarrhoea caused by the Rota virus has also increased, he said, adding that the symptoms of vomiting had many families assume that their children had suffered food poisoning..

"Diarrhoea caused by Rota virus is more dangerous than other kinds of diarrhoea. Late treatment can lead to death, especially for children under-five," he said.

At the National Paediatrics Hospital, doctor Truong Thi Vinh, head of the Health Examination Ward, said that each day they were examining 2,500-3,000 children with respiratory diseases and Rota virus diarrhoea.

Vinh also noted a positive development, saying that since the beginning of last month, the hospital has not received any cases of measles. Last December had seen the start of a measles epidemic.

Too careful

Dung said that some parents were putting on too many clothes for their children to protect them from the cold weather. He said overdoing this protection can cause fevers and other problems, including convulsions.

If children were suffering from high temperatures, parents should remove a few clothes and use warm water compress on their foreheads as first-aid, he said.

Vinh cautioned that children with symptoms of respiratory diseases or diarrhea should be taken to the hospital immediately. Parents should not buy medicines on their own or borrow prescriptions given for other children, he stressed.

Both doctors advised parents to maintain hygiene and ensure proper meals for their children to prevent diseases.

Children with abnormal symptoms should be closely monitored and treated, they said. — VNS

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