Upper Respiratory Infection high in babies

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High number of babies taken to the Pikinini Clinic at Chinatown in recent days being affected after the stormy wet weather experienced in the country. PHOTO BY ELLISON VAHI
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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

MORE than a hundred babies being brought to the “Pikinini Clinic” at China Town in recent days are diagnosed with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI).

According to the clinic Staff, the current situation experienced is caused by exposing babies to cold environment, recently during wet weather in the country.

“Homecare is very important as babies’ health depends on it,” said the Pikinini Clinic Staff.

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“URTI usually occur after weather patterns experienced recently so it is very important for parents to keep their babies indoors from the cold.

“Babies will have high fever, runny noses and hearing infections. Usually a runny nose is first spotted before a high fever. If a baby’s fever is too high then baby can experience seizure or stiffness.”

Panadol is the only usual treatment given for URTI and the Staff of Pikinini Clinic urge parents not to rely only on Panadol.

“Parents must minimize their babies fever by wiping a cool cloth on their forehead. But it is the babies’ lungs and liver where we hope to keep from getting an infection,” said the staff from Pikinini Clinic.

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