January 5, 2007

Respiratory Infections are in Community

WRHA Child Health Program issues reminder to new parents that respiratory infections in newborns can be serious

Respiratory Infections Are In Community

The Medical Director of the WRHA Child Health Program and the Section Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases issued a public reminder to parents of newborns today to take appropriate steps to prevent respiratory infections in their newborns.

"Respiratory infections (Bronchiolitis or RSV) can be very serious," Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg said. "Children under one year can develop very severe diseases that can require hospitalization."

Dr. Joanne Embree said basic hygiene and common sense are the best ways to prevent the disease. "Keep infants away from places where there are people with colds like shopping malls or schools."

"But most importantly, remember to wash your hands frequently especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose and being with an ill person."

Dr. Greenberg noted there recently has been a high number of young children presenting to hospital and requiring medical treatment, including wearing oxygen masks and even being put on a ventilator.

RSV or Bronchiolitis is an infection of the small airway in the lungs. It can occur all year round, but is most common during the winter months.

Related Links

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Bronchiolitis & RSV: Info for Parents

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