Pneumonia, if severe and untreated, can lead to serious illness and even death. So, if your child is suffering from pneumonia and is down with symptoms like muscle and chest pain, wheezing and fatigue which do not go away but gets worse, it’s time to take them to the doctor.
Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to keeping pneumonia away from your kids; it is not all that difficult. Here is how you can do it –
In the long run, proper health habits will not only keep pneumonia at bay but also save your child from other diseases. Talking about the importance of not sharing handkerchiefs, using proper face-wash and mouthwash and gargling, Dr. Vyom Aggarwal of Paartha Diagnostic Centre says, “The most important of all is keeping your hands clean. Teach your child to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating. Make sure they carry paper soap strips with them wherever they go – even school.”
[Read: Tips on Food and Hand Hygiene]
Dr. Aggarwal shares, “Make sure your child gets all the vaccinations and shots on time. To be on a much safer side, you can make them get flu shots once annually, as flu can also lead to pneumonia by weakening the immune system.”
Pneumonia is basically a lung infection and starts off with the symptoms of wheezing and coughing. Thus, it is wise not to let conditions worsen. Also, keep your children away from people who smoke.
All other efforts will go in vain if your child has a weak immune system. To strengthen your kid’s immune system make sure they eat balanced diet. Dr. Aggarwal says, “Vitamin A is great for the immune system. So, include a lot of milk and vegetables like carrot. Also, bright coloured vegetables are full of antioxidants which are beneficial for the immune system.”
[Read: Healthy Diet Plans for Kids]
Mrs. Deb’s 4 year old Jina loves cupcakes, but the former says, “As a kid, Jina will crave sweet things, but I make sure she finishes her vegetables in every meal.” Apparently, Mrs. Deb took a wise decision. Shouldn’t you be taking one too?
The immune system is also affected by the quantity and quality sleep. So, make sure your child is sleeping sound.
[Read: Sleep Strategies for Kids]
Prevention from Spreading
“Pneumonia is a contagious disease, so you need to keep a close eye on your child. Do not allow your child to interact with those who show symptoms of pneumonia,” says Dr. Aggarwal.
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