Colds and diarrhea saturate emergency at Children’s Hospital

The nurse Maria Salazar repeats the same work in each rainy season: carefully prepared masks for children who need a spray because entering with “chest tightness”.

Yesterday she had to attend to Santiago Navarro, aged two, who arrived with a respiratory infection Emergency National Children’s Hospital (HNN).

In these weeks the center faces an increase in consultations for respiratory infections such as colds, flu, ear infections, asthma, sinusitis, pharyngitis and bronchitis, among others.

The Emergency Service receives an average 350 patients per day, Monday to Friday, 60% (210) with respiratory disease.

“During the week, we attended some 280 cases of different diseases, but in recent weeks we received 350 patients, mostly for respiratory tract infections,” said the chief of Outpatient, Carlos Jimenez.

The most difficult days are Saturdays and Sundays, the average rises to 420 children in care.
September and October are the busiest months for respiratory disease consultations, especially by the drastic change in temperature caused by the rains.

The most difficult days are Saturdays and Sundays, the average rises to 420 children in care.
September and October are the busiest months for respiratory disease consultations, especially by the drastic change in temperature caused by the rains.

“Most are cold cases that are resolved in about three days, but flu viruses cause high temperatures and muscle aches that overturn the patient to bed,” said Eduardo Hurtado HNN pediatrician.
Jimenez and Hurtado said that between 1% and 5% of affected children are hospitalized because of flu viruses and colds sometimes generate greater care infections.

“More complex cases occur, especially in infants and children under two yearswho develop acute infections such as bronchiolitis bronquioneumonías and” expanded Jimenez.
The pediatrician also warned that colds and flu are not the only threat to children.
“We’ve had an unusual prevalence of gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea)throughout the year: 15% of children consulting for this condition, when the normalis usually 5% in recent months,” he said.
About vaccines against viruses that cause the flu, Dr. Mary Ethel Trejos said that immunization of 2012 helping people.
“The risk groups were vaccinated between April and May (this year) are coveredfor one year, and are protected,” said Trejos, director of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health.
In addition, the Social Security Fund in February 2013 made the new vaccination campaign against influenza disease risk children and adults 65 and older.

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