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Tonsillitis-In-Babies

Ears and Tonsils Infection

Children are more likely to suffer from ear and throat infections because their ear canals are shorter and more vertical than adult ear canals. It facilitates fluid trapped in the middle ear and allows the spread of germs. Because the middle ear is located in the center of the nose and throat, bacteria can easily spread to various parts of children’s body.

 

Ears

Babies and small children cannot communicate to parents about their pain, therefore, parents need to be more observant.

There are signs and symptoms common in children such as:

  • Ear pain, especially when lying down.
  • Tugging or pulling at an ear.
  • Difficult to sleep due to pain.
  • Crying more than usual.
  • Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds.
  • Fever of 38 C or higher or headache.
  • Drainage of fluid from the ear
  • Loss of appetite.

 

Tonsil

Tonsils are glands that work like an army to help the body fight against infections. They are located at the side and the back of the throat. Tonsillitis is infection of the tonsil glands.

A child with tonsillitis usually have:

  • Large and red tonsils, may have white patches on tonsils.
  • A fever.
  • Difficulty in swallowing due to a sore throat.
  • Bad breath.
  • Change of voice quality.
  • Swollen glands on the neck.

Repeated tonsillitis is bad for health and may affect the child’s quality of life. Please seek medical consultation from medical team for further treatment and prevention of tonsillitis.

HFMD (Hand Foot and Mouth Disease)

Hand foot and mouth disease, as suggested by its name, is a disease involving bullous rash on hands, feet and mouth. It is seen mainly among infants, but may infect children and adults.

In addition, the symptoms may also appear on the elbows and knees or hips. Fever normally is about 38 degrees Celsius, but is likely to drop in 2-3 days.

It is strongly advised to drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration.

If fever persists and the child is getting inactive, please seek immediate medical attention.

Cough/Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a common illness of the respiratory tract. Symptoms are usually similar to those of a common cold, such as a blocked or runny nose, cough and low grade fever.

These symptoms last a day or two followed by worsening of cough and wheezing (high-pitched whistling noises when exhaling).

Please consult with a doctor for future treatment.

Eczema/Atopy

There are many factors that can trigger or worsen eczema. Followings are some of the common triggers of eczema that one should know and try to avoid.

  • Soaps, shampoo, detergents that do not suitable to individual.
  • House dust, mites
  • Pets (Ex: Cat, Dog)
  • Pollens (seasonal)
  • Dandruff
  • Certain food allergy (Ex: Dairy products, Eggs, Nuts and seeds, Soy products and Wheat)