Did you know?
- Account for 2/3rd of all illnesses in children
- Children develop on average 6 viral respiratory tract infections each year
- To treat upper respiratory infections antibiotics are rarely used and generally should be avoided
- Good hygiene is the best way to prevent these infections, & routine vaccination can help prevent influenza
- Contrary to what people may think — Becoming chilled, wet, / tired, do not cause colds / increase a child’s susceptibility to infection
What are different types of respiratory tract infections?
Viral respiratory tract infections are typically divided into
1) Upper respiratory tract infections — Symptoms occur mainly in the nose & throat. Viral upper respiratory tract infections may occur irrespective of age & include the common cold & influenza
2) Lower respiratory tract infections — Symptoms occur in the windpipe, airways, & lungs. Viral lower respiratory tract infections are more common among children & include croup, bronchiolitis, & pneumonia
Note: Children sometimes have infections involving both the upper & lower respiratory tracts.
What causes viral respiratory tract infections in children?
- Rhinoviruses — Most common
- Influenza viruses (during annual winter epidemics)
- Parainfluenza viruses
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
- Certain strains of adenovirus
When children’s hands come into contact with nasal secretions from an infected person, viral respiratory tract infections spread.
Less often, infections spread when children breathe air containing droplets that were coughed / sneezed out by an infected person.
For various reasons, nasal / respiratory secretions from children with viral respiratory tract infections contain more viruses than those from infected adults. This increased output of viruses, along with typically lesser attention to hygiene, makes children more likely to spread their infection to others. The possibility of transmission is further enhanced when many children are gathered together, such as in child care centers & schools
What are the symptoms of a viral respiratory tract infection?
- Runny & stuffy nose
- Scratchy throat
- Sometimes fever
Often, viral respiratory infections trigger asthma attacks in children with asthma. A severe infection can cause:
- Trouble breathing
- Fast breathing
Homeopathy over Allopathy
What are the advantages of homeopathy over allopathy?
Possible side-effects of allopathic treatments
Advantages of homeopathy
Decongestant nasal spray & certain oral medications like adrenergic drugs
Treatment at Drs Homeo International
Identify the root cause
Natural medicines — Holistic approach
Mind-fullness — Early identification & treatment of the disorder is very important which results in happy & productive lives
How can I prevent a viral respiratory tract infection in my child?
- Wash your hands & your child’s hands often
- Keep sick children at home instead of school / day care
- Get the flu vaccine for all adults & children 6 months / older