Strep Throat Infection not be taken lightly in children: Dr Sushil

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“Children living in Child Care Institutions often do not associate the holidays with happiness because they are away from their families” observed Dr Sushil Sharma while conducting a day-long medical camp at Bal Gran Channi Rama , Jammu held to sensitize the Children about the prevalence of Rheumatic and congenital heart diseases.
Accompanied by Prof Arvind Jasrotia (HOD/Nodal Director, CHILDLINE, Department of Law, University of Jammu ) and a team of young
doctors and paramedics, Dr Sushil Sharma examined Children of the homes and people of adjoining areas
for prevalence of cardiac diseases and other health ailments. More than 110 Children were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements. Dr Sushil and his team looked at the tender buds with care and affection and advised them to take certain precautions necessary for overcoming the dangerous diseases which not only make children sick but are harmful for their healthy future.
While interacting with the inmates of the Home, Dr Sushil said Rheumatic fever is a major cause of concern for children in the age group of 5-15 yrs. He elaborated children having any one of the symptoms may become susceptible to rheumatic fever such as a sore throat, a sore throat with tender and swollen lymph nodes, a red rash, difficulty swallowing, thick bloody discharge from nose, a tem perature of 101°F or above, tonsils that are red and swollen ,tonsils with white patches or pus, red spots on the roof of their mouth, headache, nausea and vomiting such symptoms require strep test. “Rheumatic fever can cause permanent damage to the heart, including damaged heart valves and heart failure. Treatments can reduce tissue damage from inflammation, lessen pain and other symptoms, and prevent the recurrence of rheu matic fever.” He added.
Dr Sushil also stressed that another common concern in Young children is congenital defect. Out of 1000 births, at least 8 babies will have some form of congenital heart disorder, most of which are mild. If you or other family members have already had a baby with a heart defects, your risk of having a baby with heart disease may be higher.
Dr Sushil advised children to Practice proper hygiene methods to prevent strep throat like covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, washing their hands, avoid contact with people who are sick and avoid sharing personal items.
Romesh Singh Chib (Manager), Raman Sharma and Punjab Singh (wardens) appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and CHILDLINE team for organising cardiac awareness camp for the children of the home and expressed their heartfelt gratitude.

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