Recognise Respiratory Illness in Young Children
6 September 2021 (by admin)
In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, like the rest of the country, there are increasing cases of respiratory illness in young children.
In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, like the rest of the country, we’re seeing cases of respiratory illness in young children.
This is because restrictions have eased and people have been mixing more which has resulted in cases being higher than usual for this time of year with further increases being expected over the winter months.
Health experts are encouraging parents to ensure they know what to do if their child has a respiratory illness, particularly in young children.
Dr Kerri Sallis, GP at Peacock Healthcare in Carlton, said: “For the majority of children, these illnesses will not be serious and they will soon recover at home following rest and plenty of fluids. Infant Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be used if your child is miserable with a fever or appears to be in pain.
“Most infants have been infected at least once by the time they are two years old. However, we expect levels of common seasonal illnesses to increase this year as fewer children will have built up natural immunity during the pandemic.
“If a child under two is suffering from a cold, keep a close eye on their symptoms and contact your doctor or NHS 111 if they get a high temperature, become breathless or have difficulty feeding.
“It’s important that we carry on with good hygiene habits that we’ve become used to during the pandemic, in order to protect ourselves and those around us”.