Weather change increases health risk to children

DHAKA, Sudden change in weather pattern, burning

sun, excessive sweating and dehydration are increasing health risks to

children.

As children are very vulnerable to weather change, a little fluctuation

in temperature can cause several problems in their system leading to cough,

fever, dehydration and diarrhoea.

Most of the children are suffering from fever as they are very

sensitive to the ongoing hot and humid weather as they get dehydrated and

germs multiply in their bodies easily, Dr ASM Alamgir, Senior Scientific

Officer of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) told

BSS.

He said babies and children have relatively low body weight, as compared

to adults, making them more vulnerable to the risk of fluid loss or

dehydration that occurs when more fluid is lost from the body than it is

taken in and causes an imbalance in minerals in their bodies.

The expert said, Infants get very easily affected by viral infections

in transition period which cause a lot of irritation, running nose, fever,

breathing problems as breathing passage is filled by cough.

Director of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Professor Dr Manzoor Hussain said the

hospital is receiving more patients affected by problems like high fever,

cold, cough and diarrhoea in changing season.

Regarding the children in villages he said, They are getting sick in

this weather as they are taking bath for a long time in ponds or canals.

Sometimes their parents don't notice that the children are dipping in water

for a long time.

When these children come out of the water and start playing under

burning sun, sometimes in wet condition, they fall sick. Dust is also bad for

children, he said.

Hussain suggested that children under five should not be given bath

right away when they are sweaty and have just come from under the sun.

Emphasizing importance of consuming extra food during pregnancy he

suggests wouldbe mothers to take more rest in this heat.

Icddr,b sources said the summer, March and April, is considered to be

'peak season' for diarrhoeal diseases and the hospital registers a very high

number of patients suffering from diarrhoea.

The doctors advise mothers to take extra care of the children in summer,

giving children plenty of drinking water, lemonade, green coconut water for

keeping balance between sweating and presence of body fluid to avoid

dehydration.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)