VTV.vn – In the past 2 weeks, the number of children who have been examined and hospitalized at Saint Paul General Hospital (Hanoi) with symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea has increased.
Vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea … many children have been hospitalized within the past 2 weeks. Particularly at Saint Paul General Hospital, the number of children coming to the hospital for examination and hospitalization related to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract increased by about 40%, specifically, every day, nearly 100 children get sick, of which there are 3 to 5 patients. Severe cases require hospitalization.
At the same time, warning information about acute hepatitis caused by a mysterious virus in some countries around the world is increasing, making many parents worried. Because vomiting and diarrhea are also early symptoms when children have hepatitis.
However, according to initial records, doctors now conclude that the condition that most children are experiencing is mainly due to gastrointestinal infections.
Nguyen Thi Nga Specialist – Depute, Xanh Pon Provincial General Hospital, said: “Symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or fever, the main cause is gastrointestinal infections, causing gastrointestinal infections often 50 % caused by viruses and rotavirus accounted for more than 50%”.
According to doctors, the reason why the group of diarrhea diseases has increased dramatically in recent times is because children’s exposure to the disease increases when they return to school, contaminated food, or water, or when children suck their mouthfuls. hands, playing with contaminated toys…
In addition, the early summer weather increases the growth of bacteria, which is also easy to spread the disease.
Gastrointestinal diseases are considered seasonal diseases, so doctors recommend parents should not be too worried but arbitrarily use anti-emetics, anti-diarrheal drugs or antibiotics that have not been prescribed by a doctor. intended for children. Instead, parents need to consult and follow the instructions of the doctor.
Nguyen Thi Hong Nhan Specialist – Dean of Pediatrics Gastroenterology Department, Xanh Pon Provincial General Hospital noted: “First, we must rehydrate the child because when the child vomits with diarrhea, the body loses water. If you vomit everything or have a high fever, fatigue, danger signs, convulsions, lethargy, stop feeding, stop eating, you need to go to the hospital right away.”
In order to prevent gastrointestinal diseases for children in the summer, parents need to ensure food safety and environmental hygiene for children to minimize pathogens. Another important measure to prevent infection that doctors recommend is that parents regularly instruct and remind children to disinfect their hands, especially after going out or coming home from school.