ISLAMABAD: Parents needs to protect their children from viral infections during the current monsoon season, as a strong ‘immune system’ and ‘hygienic’ home-made food eating habit can defeat these diseases, renowned Child Specialist Prof Dr. Jai Krishin advised on Monday
Replying to a question, he said that chickenpox a viral disease spreading among kids, which was associated with high fever, severe body pain, rashes, vomiting and abdominal pain, adding that the most common symptom of chickenpox is a rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters and then scabs. The rash usually shows up on the face, chest, and back first and then spreads to the rest of the body.
He said parents should never use anti-biotics while treating chickenpox or any other viral infections, as it would take 5 to 7 days, adding that chickenpox clears on its own without treatment.
Dr Jai Krishin said that apart from eating healthy food parents should keep the surroundings clean and it was very important that there was no filth lying around during the season.
Care should be taken to ensure that no water is accumulated around the house, in empty pots, air-coolers, and tyres, he mentioned.
Kids even elders should be given boiled water and it should be ensured that they do not eat anything from the roadside or even restaurants and hotels, he urged.
“Every human body needs protein, vitamins, calcium and strong immunity to fight these infections so we should use such foods, especially fruits and vegetables, that raise the platelet level and boost immunity”, he added.
He also recommended the kids’ vaccination against seasonal infections, adding that kids are easy targets of mosquitoes so cover the child with loose, full sleeves clothing that leaves minimal skin exposed.