Paediatricians say temperature fluctuations, increased humidity and decreased immune response make kids more vulnerable
Paediatricians in the UAE are witnessing a surge in patient footfall at clinics as the number of school-going children falling sick has increased. Educational institutions also advise parents to keep unwell children home and suggest they return to school only after full recovery.
Meanwhile, medics said the change in the weather, increasing humidity and frequent temperature fluctuations are causing children to fall sick repeatedly as different viruses thrive under the changing conditions.
Dr Jobby Jacob, Specialist Paediatrician, Medeor Hospital, Dubai, opines, “If a child is suffering from fever, vomiting/diarrhoea, pink eyes, persistent cough, rashes on hands/foot and mouth, it is a good idea to keep them at home as it will help them recover faster and prevent the spread of infection to other kids.
“It would be prudent to return to school after 24 hours of symptom-free period in case of fever, vomiting, or diarrhoea. In case of rashes/pink eye, it is better to wait for the symptoms to resolve or heal completely.”
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