Warning from experts: Do not unconsciously give medicine to children
Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Özkan Bozdağ drew attention to intestinal infections, which started to be seen frequently in children with the arrival of the summer season. Bozdag said, “The children’s diarrhea complaints due to water and food-borne intestinal infections have increased,” and warned families.
Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Özkan Bozdağ said that infectious diseases are caused by invisible creatures such as bacteria and viruses, and that with the approach of summer, there is an increase in children’s diarrhea due to intestinal infections, especially water and food-borne. Emphasizing the importance of strengthening the immune system against infections, Dr. Dr. Bozdağ said, “With the arrival of the summer season and the feeling of heat, diarrhea due to intestinal infections caused by water and food started to increase. The factor in intestinal infections is almost always viruses.
Most commonly, agents such as Rotavirus, Adenovirus, Calicivirus cause diarrhea. Therefore, the main precaution we should take is to prevent these creatures from entering our bodies. We can achieve this in two ways; to strengthen our immune system and stay away from germs. The first and most powerful step in keeping the immune system of babies and children strong against infections is to get vaccinated. From the first day of birth, our children should have the vaccines in the Ministry of Health calendar, and you should definitely get information from your pediatrician about other special vaccines.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables should be consumed to strengthen immunity. Night sleep is important for both the growth and immunity of the child. Since stress is one of the important enemies of the immune system, it is necessary to prepare a comfortable, peaceful home and school environment for the child.
“Correct and adequate nutrition is very important”
Noting that adequate and fast nutrition is an important step in the treatment of children with diarrhea, Uzm. Dr. Özkan Bozdağ said, “Correct, adequate and rapid nutrition of the child with diarrhea is the most important step of the treatment. The things we should pay attention to in the diet can be summarized as follows; plenty of water should be consumed. Lean soups can be preferred in terms of liquid and calories. Apple, peach, banana, carrot, buttermilk, fat-free cheese. , yoghurt, boiled potatoes, white bread should be preferred. Vegetables and fruits with plenty of pulp, all fatty foods, sugar and sugary foods, ready-made fruit juices, dried legumes, wholemeal bread, spices, dry coffee and tea should be avoided. Source and how it is prepared unknown, open-source foods should not be consumed Antibiotics are not used in the treatment of diarrhea, except in very rare cases.
Correct, adequate regular nutrition and adequate fluid intake; Supporting it with zinc and probiotics forms the basis of diarrhea treatment. If your child also shows signs of gastroenteritis, there is no blood in his stool, he has a mild fever, he does not vomit constantly and he can feed, you can try home treatment methods first. If recovery cannot be achieved with this method, or if the disease becomes severe and the symptoms reach unbearable dimensions, it is recommended that you be examined by a specialist without wasting time.
“Do not unconsciously give medicine to children”
Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Özkan Bozdağ underlined that families should stay away from unconscious drug consumption. “Unconscious and unnecessary drug use disrupts the regulation of the stomach and intestinal flora. It may change the absorption of the intestine and cause an increase in harmful substances in the environment. Therefore, consult your doctor for healthy intestines, especially when using antibiotics,” Bozdağ said, “We should keep our children away from closed and stuffy environments. We should be very careful about cleaning our hands and we should not put them in our mouth without washing our hands. Microorganisms that cause diarrhea usually enter the body with our hands. Therefore, hand hygiene is very important. We need to pay attention to hand hygiene when we come home from outside during the day, in public transport, and when we leave the toilet.