Paediatric Influenza Infections

Viral flu or Influenza is one of the most common and significant causes of respiratory infections worldwide. As many as 1 in 3 children, seeking treatment for flu – like illnesses, at the peak of flu season ( December to February), are at the risk of complications like pneumonia and bronchitis.

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

High fever, chills, myalgia, headache, fatigue, nasal congestion, non-productive cough, conjunctivitis and sometimes diarrhoea.

 

MODE OF SPREAD

The Influenza virus spreads through coughing, sneezing or touching objects used by infected person.eg: Handkerchief or towels

 

DIAGNOSIS

Mostly clinical, based on examination findings. In some cases, your Paediatrician may recommend a complete blood count or a nasal swab test to confirm it.

 

TREATMENT

It is mostly supportive, in the form of

  • Acetaminophen for fever
  • Expectorants
  • Steam Inhalation
  • Saline nebulization
  • Oral or IV Fluids, if oral intake is reduced.
  • Anti-viral therapy with Oseltamivir, in severe cases
  • Antibiotics – don’t have a role in most cases.

 

PREVENTION

Regular handwashing and personal hygiene help prevent infections from spreading. It is difficult though to prevent infections from spreading amongst family members and in school.

The flu vaccine can help reduce or prevent viral influenza. It can be given to children over 6 months of age. It is effective for up to 1 year after vaccination. It is recommended for children with recurrent viral respiratory infections, especially when they start school or daycare.

It is an inactivated vaccine and may cause fever up to 2 days after vaccination. It is to be avoided for children with an egg allergy.

 

Dr.Brindha BalaSubramanian

Specialist Paediatrician & Neonatologist 

Aster Clinic, Al Muteena (DMPC)

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Pediatrician in Dubai

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the care and treatment of newborns, infants and children up to the age of 14.

In the mind of a parent, nothing holds greater priority than the health of their child. In a city like Dubai, despite its small size, there was, on average, a baby born every 3.5 hours in 2015 alone. The last decade has seen a sharp decline in the infant mortality rate, especially in developed countries like the UAE, as well as a rise in the yearly birth rate. These two factors have initiated the need to expand the pediatric facilities and services offered across the city.

However, it isn’t enough that merely the number of pediatricians in Dubai increase. It is also imperative that these doctors are experienced and qualified to expertly diagnose and treat an infant. In order to ensure that your child gets the best possible treatment from their pediatrician in Dubai here are a few things that you can keep in mind when choosing which pediatrician you should take your child to.

  • Location matters: When deciding on a pediatrician in Dubai for your infant, one of the first things that you need to ensure is that the doctor’s office is relatively close to where you stay or where your child goes to nursery/school. No matter how good a doctor may be, a commute to JLT when you stay in Bur Dubai would be detrimental to your child’s health in the case of an emergency.
  • Ensure that the pediatrician is covered under your insurance: Despite the advent of mandatory health insurance for all employees in Dubai, your insurance provider may make an exception to the doctor you have chosen to treat your child. In this case, go through the list of pediatrician in Dubai that are covered by your insurance and seek out one that is the right fit for your child’s healthcare needs.
  • Get Recommendations: It is always advisable to get recommendations from your family and close friends when looking for a pediatrician in Dubai. Taking the advice of someone you trust could bring you one step closer to finding the right doctor for your child. Furthermore, it would allow you to save precious time by considerably shortening your options for a pediatrician in Dubai.
  • Talk to the doctor beforehand: Prior to making a choice on the pediatrician in Dubai that will end up treating your child, it is important to have a frank and honest discussion with them about what exactly you are looking for in your child’s doctor. It could be availability, experience, cultural similarity or even age. Having an open discussion would help you alleviate any doubts that you might have and help you settle for the best pediatrician in Dubai for your child.
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