I know you guys are fairly over talking about the Swine Flu but I just wanted to make sure everyone saw these emergency warning signs for the Swine Flu. This story comes from The Associated Press. I’m taking some of the paragraphs out of order to get to the bad warning signs first!
“Authorities urge parents to seek immediate help if emergency warning signs develop. In children, these are:
Fast or troubled breathing.
Bluish skin color.
Lack of thirst.
Failure to wake up easily or interact.
Irritability so that the child does not want to be held.
Improvement of symptoms, then a return to fever and worse cough.
Fever with a rash.
Parents should also seek medical help if flu symptoms develop in children most vulnerable to flu complications: those younger than 5 or with high-risk conditions, including asthma and other lung problems; cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other neurological diseases; heart, kidney or liver problems; and diabetes.…”
Here’s the top of the story:
“Swine flu has probably infected hundreds of thousands of youngsters nationwide, but deaths among children are rare. Health officials are keeping track of children’s flu deaths, but they say it’s impossible to count all flu cases. So they don’t know what percentage of children’s infections are fatal.”
“Many experts say the H1N1 virus does not appear to be more dangerous than other flu strains, but kids have been catching it more easily than seasonal flu.”
“Last week alone, there were 19 new reports of children who died, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the 76 swine flu fatalities since April compare with 68 pediatric deaths from seasonal flu since September 2008.”
“Because kids seem so vulnerable to it, “every medical epidemiologist in the country” is tracking how it affects them, said Dr. Susan Gerber, an associate medical officer for the public health department in Cook County, Ill.”
“Most children will recover, but “it’s still very concerning and needs to be watched very closely” Gerber said.”
“Dr. Kenneth Alexander, the University of Chicago’s pediatric infectious disease chief, said there are common signs to indicate when both kinds of flu turn dangerous”.
“Flu viruses can damage cilia, the hair-like fibers lining the respiratory tract that move bacteria and mucous “where we can cough them out” of the lungs, he explained.”
“That can make people susceptible to pneumonia and other bacterial infections — a scenario blamed for many flu deaths in otherwise healthy children and adults, he said. In these cases, flu patients often appear to get better, but then fever and a cough return.”