Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Kenya in children Under Five years. It’s important for Mothers, Guardians, and caregivers to understand:
- What pneumonia means
- What are the most common symptoms
- What are the danger signs and
- most importantly when to seek medical attention and ways of prevention
By definition, Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, which could either be Bacterial and Viral predominantly. However, it may be caused by other organisms e.g. fungus.
Main symptoms include Cough, Fever, Vomiting, Signs to suggest Difficulty in breathing will include Inward retraction of the rib cage (lower Chest wall Indrawing) and Fast breathing which is relative to age
Danger signs will include bluish discoloration (Cyanosis) of mucus membranes, best demonstrated below the tongue, palms and soles of feet, Inability to feed and reduced levels of consciousness
Its recommended for mothers/guardians to seek medical attention any time they suspect their children to have developed pneumonia. It is important to remember that Nonsevere Pneumonia can be managed as an outpatient/ at home. However, as a mother/ or caregiver, you must be warned and aware of all the Danger signs. Severe Pneumonia with Danger signs present usually requires inpatient care for the administration of intravenous antibiotics and other supportive care including oxygen.
Prevention of pneumonia includes vaccination against Pneumonia and Influenza which are major causes BUT mothers should also remember that Exclusive Breast-Feeding for 6 months plays a key role in boosting your child’s immunity.
Please contact us at Imara Mediplus 0722353250 for more information. We provide the following services 24hrs a day with regards to pneumonia treatment and prevention:
- Doctor’s consultation
- Pediatrician Clinics
- Lab & Pharmacy