Handling Of Coughs, Colds, Fever Accompanied By Diarrhea In Infants Aged 7 Months?
Tonight .. I have a child aged 7 months already more than a week. cough and runny nose with a fever .. Had a fever recovered but now has contracted again with diarrhea pup 5 times a day .. how to follow up the treatment huh ?? Is my child’s condition still safe ??
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Coughs, colds, and fever in children often indicate acute respiratory infections. This infection can occur in any part of the respiratory tract, starting from the nasal cavity (rhinitis), sinus (sinusitis), throat (pharyngitis), larynx (laryngitis), bronchus (bronchitis), to the lungs (pneumonia). The cause of this infection varies, generally viral or bacterial. This virus is susceptible to infecting children due to inhalation of mucus splashes from the respiratory tract of patients with other respiratory tract infections that come in close contact with the child. Often, in addition to coughing, runny nose, and fever, children also experience pain or itching in the throat, so that their appetite decreases. Not only that, in more severe conditions, children can also experience shortness of breath so that it becomes fussy and difficult to sleep.
The condition of children who feel uncomfortable due to respiratory infections can make babies become difficult to eat. This condition, if left unchecked can trigger an increase in stomach acid which can have an effect also on increasing gastrointestinal motility. Therefore children often experience diarrhea.
It could also, in addition to acute respiratory infections, conditions that your child is experiencing due to other causes, such as allergies, infections in other organ systems (such as gastrointestinal infections, measles, typhoid fever, Singapore flu), intolerance, malabsorption, food poisoning, etc.
If it is true that your child's complaint has lasted more than 1 week, accompanied by diarrhea with a frequency that is quite frequent, you should consult your child directly to the doctor or pediatrician. Your child's condition must be evaluated directly through a thorough physical examination by a doctor. In severe suspected conditions, your doctor may also direct your child to undergo further tests, for example laboratory tests, x-rays, and so on. It could also, if deemed necessary, the doctor will encourage your child to undergo further treatment in the hospital (inpatient) for further observation.
In the meantime, here are the initial tips that you should do:
Give your child breast milk, as much as possible, do not give extra milk other than breast milk before the child is 2 years old Also give children healthy and nutritious water and MPASI To facilitate digestion, first give the child food that is soft, soupy, not soft, not too much containing gas Reduce (if necessary, avoid) provision of instant food and drinks to children Keep children away from substances that are prone to making it allergic, for example dust, cold, mites, pollen, animal hair, etc. Avoid using fans and air conditioners, especially with temperatures that is too cold Apply warm oil on the neck, chest, and back of the child so that the mucus in the airways melts Compress the neck, armpits and / or groin of the child with warm water so that the fever goes down Avoid giving children indiscriminate medication, including coughs, colds, or diarrhea If the child's fever gets higher, first give him the paracetamol medication according to the doctor's recommended dosage.