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Guard your child against viral infections

The city has witnessed a sudden increase in the fever cases involving children during the past few weeks. Besides, coughing and sneezing cases are also on the rise

india Updated: Dec 07, 2011 00:58 IST
Divya Sethi

The city has witnessed a sudden increase in the fever cases involving children during the past few weeks.

Besides, coughing and sneezing cases are also on the rise.

“Respiratory viruses are the root cause of the problem. There is a 50% increase in number of patients compared to last year. These children are suffering either from viral fever or typhoid fever. Dengue patients are also pouring in,” said Dr Rajiv Chhabra, head of paediatric and neonatal department at Artemis Health Institute.

“When a child suffers from these problems, parents start administering drugs on their own. It can be dangerous. If a child suffers from fever, he or she should be taken to a doctor,” he said.

Dr Vineet Kwatra, senior consultant at Paras Hospital, said, “Children are coming here suffering from high fever. Out of 100 children, 60 are suffering from this problem.”

“This is due to a sudden change in weather. We need to be extra cautious. If a child is suffering from fever, his fever should be monitored regularly. And if temperature goes beyond 100 degree F, parents should immediately consult an expert,” he said.