An increase in childhood fever cases in Kochi

After two years of returning to school, there has been an increase in fever cases among children here . Paediatricians in the city hospitals now see a 50% increase in paediatric OP when compared to before Covid times .

KOCHI (Kochi): After two years of returning to school, there has been an increase in fever cases among children here.Paediatricians in the city hospitals now see a 50% increase in paediatric OP when compared to before Covid times.Paediatricians had no children with fever, cold, or cough coming to the hospital or clinic during the initial Covid-19 waves.Children aged 5 to 10 are the most vulnerable now.

We noticed that many children had fevers and respiratory problems within four to five days of the schools being restored.No one is alarmingly sick or ill and can recover with symptomatic treatments, according to Dr Rekha Zacharias, secretary of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Cochin branch.According to IAP, the majority of pediatricians in the area are seeing a 40 percent to 50 percent increase in outpatient visits, with cases greater among the younger children as older children still have a better immune system.Despite this, pre-school or young children had no way of knowing the environment, and they went inside their homes as a result of Covid-19.

Experts claim that a child is likely to get sick from a viral infection seven to eight times a year until the age of seven.Students are exposed to various allergens in schools and other play areas, such as pollen, oil, weed, and viral disease, among others, and this can be characterized by an allergic cough.Within two weeks of re-opening school, we have seen a dramatic increase in our OP's pediatric patients from 60 to 150.In addition, children aged 5 to 10 are being admitted to ICUs.

Infectivity is higher during the monsoons, but parents are also hesitant to take risks and have heightened sensitivity to the common cold.With schools insisting that children with a cold and cough can't go to school, parents should contact a paediatrician for assessment as well as a medical certificate to ensure that their child doesn't miss classes.During the monsoon, this was expected.However, the situation is not concerning, according to Dr S Sachidananda Kamath, the former national president of IAP.