How to identify pneumonia in children
Pneumonia cases are increasing rapidly in China. The number of children in hospitals is also increasing due to this disease. Pneumonia is also an infectious disease like any virus, which spreads from one person to another. However, more cases than this occur in children. Especially more cases occur in children below five years of age. If pneumonia is not treated on time, it can also cause death. In such a situation, it is important that you know what are the symptoms of pneumonia in children and how they can be identified.
Doctors say that cases of pneumonia increase in the winter season. Especially small children are more victims of this. Pneumonia causes infection in the lungs. Constantly increasing discomfort causes difficulty in breathing. Due to this there is lack of oxygen in the body. Due to which there is a risk of death later. Children whose immunity is weak and who already have a serious illness are at the highest risk of death from pneumonia.
How to know if you have pneumonia?
Dr. Ajay Kumar, a senior physician in Delhi, says that to identify pneumonia in children, first of all it is seen what the symptoms are in the child. If the child is coughing continuously and having trouble breathing, then these are symptoms of pneumonia. In such a situation, first an X-ray of the child’s chest is done to identify the disease. X-ray shows whether there is pneumonia and how much it is progressing.
Dr. Ajay says that blood test is also done to check pneumonia. Blood test is done to check any type of bacteria present in the blood. This shows which bacteria is present in the blood and what treatment should be given for it. Apart from these two methods, the oxygen level in the body is also checked. For this, doctors place sensors on the tip of the finger and ear. Information about oxygen level is available from this sensor. If the oxygen level is falling then the child may need critical care treatment.
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