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Bhopal: Doctors suggest precautions against heat


BHOPAL: The ruthless weather has started affecting people’s health, especially children. The heat and the warm winds have started showing their ill effects. The exposure to heat is causing high fever, loose motion, indigestion and vomiting among children.

According to pediatrician Dr SS Bhambhal, children are falling prey to such problems in large numbers. “Children who are exposed to sun or warm winds, are immediately falling sick. They are having high fever due to heat exposure. Also, typhoid is another disease which is affecting children at this time. This also is a resultant of the heat and unhygienic habits. It is advised that children should be given only home cooked food, lots of liquid like water, energy drinks, nimbu pani, aam pana and special attention should be given that they don’t eat anything outside not even water or nimbu pani,” she said.

According to the met department the temperature in Bhopal on Wednesday was 42.3 degrees and it will continue to be same without any major change. CMHO Dr Veena Sinha said during summer it was very important to take precautions and be safe from the heat and direct exposure to sun. Parents needed to take extra care of children and elders should also make sure that they eat and drink healthy to beat the heat, she added.

Common ailments affecting the health of people in summer:
Food poisoning: Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating/drinking food /water contaminated with viruses, bacteria, toxins, parasites or chemicals. Its symptoms are pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and even it affects the nervous system.
n Heat stroke: People feel nauseated, get seizures and confusion due to heat stroke. Some may lose consciousness. Fainting is the first sign of heat stroke. Some may get a throbbing headache have no sweating but red, hot and dry skin, cramps, weakness, vomiting, rapid heartbeats, rapid shallow breathing and staggering. Wear cotton and loose clothes and take off clothes that might trap the heat in, like a hat, an extra shirt, shoes.

Sun burn: This causes a serious skin cancer i.e. sun poisoning. Exposure to sun for long periods is not healthy for humans or animals. When people are exposed to sun for long periods the skin turns red, can be itchy and most often very hot. An affected person may have cold feeling, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, flu like symptoms, blistering and then finally peeling of the dead skin from the sun drying it out. Drink a lot of water to keep the skin hydrated and apply good moisturiser. In case of serious problem contact a doctor immediately.

Skin rash: Skin rash is a very common skin problem in children and even in adults. The children have higher chances of rashes in summer due to hot weather and sweating problems.

Headache, flu and cough: Headache usually occurs when we do not take rest and keep on working under the direct sun. Flu is another common disease of summer. Avoid excessive intake of oily food and cold drinks. Keep away from cold and chilled water. It is not that cough is only caused in winters; many suffer from this even in summers. You should try your level best to avoid drinking too cold water, which usually paves way for cough in summer.

Typhoid: Typhoid is a kind of severe fever with symptoms like pain in abdomen, headache, weight loss, loose motion and weak body.