Pediatricians detect in Malaga an increase in mild respiratory symptoms in children
Pediatrician Pedro J. Navarro, president of the College of Physicians of Malagahas warned of increased respiratory infections in children; some paintings that were traditionally produced in winter and that the Covid has caused them to also occur in summer.
These are respiratory infections that are not usually very serious. According to the doctor, most are colds, sore throat, or tonsillitis, although occasionally a somewhat more dangerous condition can also occur. The symptoms are similar to most respiratory conditions: runny nose, sore throat and headache, fever, cough, swollen glands in the neck, tiredness and general malaise with some loss of appetite when eating.
Although most of the symptoms are caused by adenoviruses that evolve favorably in a few days with anti-inflammatory treatment, Navarro emphasizes having special care with children under 2 yearswho may suffer respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)which causes bronchiolitis. As detailed by Navarro, “most bronchiolitis can be suffered as colds, but in children under 2 years of age they are sometimes conditions that can cause respiratory failure and require hospitalization, so in small children’s colds you have to be more careful” .
In this sense, the pediatrician emphasizes that children born during the pandemic have a more immature immune mechanism than the rest, especially due to the preventive measures for Covid, such as masks, isolation and safety distance, which have made them “have very few viral infections”.
According to the pediatrician, these minors “do not have such a stimulated immunity due to the two years of pandemic that we have had without children having contact with viruses and developing mild repeated infections that stimulate their immunity and make them create defenses.” In addition, children Tables caused by RSV are aggravated in babies aged 2 to 4 months, whose immunological immaturity causes them to present more severe symptoms. importance of breastfeeding “which protects children in the first months of life with the immunity provided by the mother”.
Since infections are usually transmitted through the direct transfer of bacteria, viruses or other germs between people through contact between fluids (either by saliva, cough or nasal mucus) or handling of contaminated objects, the pediatrician insists that “to the minimum infectious symptomatology of any kind, even if the minor does not have a fever, in addition to going to the pediatrician, must be isolated and not attend school or daycare” to prevent transmission.
The increase in this type of infection is caused, among other factors, by the relaxation of anticovid measures, such as the removal of the masks, and the return to school in person.
Likewise, the pediatrician foresees that there will be a greater increase in this type of respiratory symptoms in winter, a time of “greater aggressiveness and virulence” due to the low temperatures that coincide with the months of school and nursery, where the contagion is “much more easy”. That is why Navarro stresses the importance of “complete the vaccination schedule”.