Monday, 5 September 2016

Respiratory Problems surging by 30-32% in Children

·         The dampness in the air has increased the incidence of respiratory problems in children
·         Air pollution in these conditions worsening the situation, say doctors
Ahmedabad , 30th August 2016: The combination of humidity and air pollution is leading to a rise in respiratory diseases among children. Pediatricians have noted an increase in acute diseases such as asthma and upper respiratory tract infections. This is besides the regular viral that mostly peak in children during the monsoon season. This is because the moisture in the air traps polluting agents, especially particulate matter, keeping them hanging infections, accompanied by a cold, cough, and fever, seen every year.
“Respiratory problems are lasting long and hampering the daily activities this time. Unfortunately, it is not just outdoor air pollution that is causing harm. Indoor pollution too, from fumes, especially those from mosquito repellants, does impact the airways. In addition, spores from fungus , mites , pollens and mould around houses and schools can affect those who are already asthmatic,” says Dr.Amruta Thakkar, Consultant Pediatrics, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ahemdabad.
Gurgaon has often shown hazardous levels of air pollution, both due to vehicular movement and construction work. The World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality Guidelines stipulate that PM2.5 (particulate matter) over a 24-hour mean period stand at 25 μg/m3. However, in Gurgaon, in June 2016, the monthly average stood at 89.38 μg/m3.  Air pollution causes more than 3 million premature deaths every year, as per WHO reports.
“The toxic air severely impacts school-going children, whose airways are still not developed, and are therefore vulnerable to pulmonary (lung) infections. Acute respiratory illnesses are generally short-lived, while chronic ones are persistent in nature. Our worry is that acute infections develop into chronic ones. We see the onset of asthma in this season, and it is appearing in children as young as a few months old. Very often parents come to us by the time their children have deep-set chest infections. My advice is for parents to approach the pediatrician as soon as the problem starts. This will help us start a mild treatment, and avoid antibiotics,” adds Dr.Amruta Thakkar,
Tips to Stay Protected
·         Avoid the use of insect repellants that need to be sprayed—even those that claim they are ‘natural’
·         Instead apply DEET-free mosquito repellants to your child’s skin
·         Clean the house of any fungus, especially in areas that are not seen—under the sink and washbasins
·         Take action to eliminate dampness from the walls, as this can breed mould
·         Identify a play area that is in a green space, rather than close to a road
·         If your child is comfortable with it, give him/her a mask when out playing a sport
·         If your child is prone to asthma and is on SOS medicines, keep a track on what time of the day/night he/she gets it, and if it is exercise-induced; report this to the doctor
·         Contact your Paediatrician for specific environmental modifications that can be done to protect your child.
·         If antibiotics have been prescribed for an infection, do keep to the dosage suggested by the doctor.

Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is the only company in India to utilize 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route in the hospital sector.

The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates eleven facilities in India and has presence in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Patiala and Pune. The company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (11), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (3). The Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.

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