When you step into the role of a parent, it changes your entire life in every way. It is like being born all over again but as a more mature individual. Your world revolves around your children, and you want to give them the best you can.
Health is one of those best things you wish to provide your child with. Even a simple sneeze of your child might give you jitters these days.
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Ever wondered why?
Seasonal viruses are always on rounds, and it’s time for flu at the moment. It may not look severe, but may slowly start getting there if ignored. And soon before you realise, swine flu can reach your child.
Let’s quickly take a look at what it is:
Swine Flu (H1N1) is a viral infection that affects the nose, throat, trachea, and bronchi. It dates back to many years back when people who had direct contact with pigs were exposed to the H1N1 virus. It later spread like an epidemic. In 2009, a pandemic of swine flu broke out, spreading rapidly from person to person across many countries.
As children have a much more fragile immune system as compared to adults, they are more prone to getting affected.
What makes the H1N1 virus different from regular flu is that there are higher chances of serious complications, like pneumonia to occur. It can also lead to fatal conditions in cases of negligence.
Symptoms of swine flu
So if your child has the flu, you might want to confirm if he/she is safe.Your job is to know how to figure the signs of swine flu. If your child is experiencing any of the following, call your doctor immediately.
Here’s what you should check for before you call the doctor:
- Never ending dry cough and sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Intense body pains
- A headache and chills
- If the kid feels exceptionally fatigued and tired
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- High fever is usually present
What causes swine flu?
Swine flu is an influenza virus called H1N1. The virus spreads through inhalation. Causes for swine flu are usually not very specific as it is airborne. However, the virus enters the body and creates similar genetic clones that affect the healthy cells of the body.
These affected cells further attack other normal cells in the body causing the symptoms to worsen. Although it gets difficult to treat swine flu after it affects your child, prevention is always an available option.
Talking to a healthcare professional about your child’s symptoms may help you diagnose the condition in time.
About the hospital
Ankura Hospitals is a chain of super-specialty hospitals for women and children in the cyber city of Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.10:15