Cases of respiratory diseases rise among young children


Ulaanbaatar hospitals have been seeing an increase in respiratory diseases among children under the age of four since mid-September, according to Bayangol District Health Center (BDHC).
Most young patients are coming to hospitals with symptoms of a specific virus that causes fever, diarrhea, and vomiting.
“The number of people coming to our hospital suddenly increased after September 15, following the temperature drop. Most of the people diagnosed with the virus are vomiting with fluid and getting fevers. We advise parents to clothe their children with warm clothes and make sure they are eating their meals when warm. Drinking lots of water and drinks will help  their immune system recover,” said B.Bolormaa, the chief of Pediatric Ward No.2 at BDHC.
She highlighted, “It is very wrong of parents to give antibiotics to their children without a prescription. Antibiotics damage childrens’ stomachs and slow their digestive system when children have caught a common cold derived from viruses. Instead, parents must consult with family clinic doctors and act accordingly.”
“Of all the patients, 80 to 90 percent are diagnosed with respiratory diseases at our hospital. We are examining 40 to 50 on average, and sometimes 60 children per day lately. If young children come down with cold, parents should treat them at home without leaving them at daycares,” said Dr. B.Oyunbayar of BDHC.
As of Wednesday, 54 children were hospitalized at BDHC. Five of them are in the intensive care unit with serious conditions.
A mother of one of the hospitalized children, Ts.Tsolmon, commented, “My daughter is a year and nine months old and goes to preschool. She started having a runny nose five days ago. A children’s emergency doctor examined her and gave us a prescription, but it didn’t help my daughter’s condition. When we visited the National Maternal and Children’s Health Center, doctors diagnosed my daughter with flu and now she’s hospitalized. She’s recovering now.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) advised parents to use non-medicinal remedies for children who have a cold and temperature under 38.5 degrees Celsius. It is better to put a cold and wet compress on their forehead, bathe children in warm water, and adjust their room temperatures, instead of using medication, according to the WHO.
BDHC advised parents to give their children oral re-hydration therapy continuously, in moderate amounts, if they are experiencing diarrhea and vomiting.

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