(MEDIA: Dr. Agnes Ngecpe (right) attends to children at LifeCare Hospitals Bungoma. Children are normally vulnerable to diseases during cold seasons. PHOTO/COURTESY)
As the weatherman had consistently warned Kenyans to brave for heavy rains for several days, the floods are here with us, sweeping structures and leaving families homeless.
Those lucky to still access there homes are not spared as the cold season do come with it’s own health hazards to residents.
During such rains, children are more vulnerable, not just ti the floods but to the all-round effects as well. Today, we highlight the common dangers that your children could encounter during the season.
Malaria is spread by Anopheles mosquitoes. Case of this disease increase in wet season as there is a problem of water clogging in many areas which makes it a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Some symptoms include:
- High fever.
- Body ache.
- Body chills
Cholera is caused due to the consumption of contaminated food and water. Poor sanitation and hygiene also cause it. Cholera needs immediate treatment because it can causes death within hours. Some symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Watery loose stool (rice water)
Dr. Agnes Ngecpe, the resident paediatrician at LifeCare Hospitals Bungoma, explains cites that typhoid is a highly infectious rainy season-related disease. This disease is usually caused by contaminated food and water. Some symptoms include:
- Prolonged high fever
- Abdominal Pain
4. Viral fever
This is a common disease throughout the year but is more prominent during monsoon season. Some symptoms include:
- Body chills.
- Muscle, body and joint pain.
Diarrhoea is one of the most common health complaints during monsoon season. It can range from a temporary condition to a potential life-threatening. This can be caused by consumption of unhygienic food and water. Some symptoms include:
- Loose watery stools
- Abdominal cramps
- Blood in the stool
6. Common cold and flu
The sudden change in weather, causing fluctuations in temperature, is the main cause of cold and flu during the rainy season. During this season, the immune system weakens and becomes vulnerable to cough, cold and flu. Some symptoms include:
- Aching muscles
- Runny nose
How to prevent raining season Diseases?
- Here are a few tips to follow to stay away from diseases:
- 1. Try to keep your home and surroundings mosquito free.
- 2. Use a mosquito repellent and wear full sleeved clothes while stepping out.
- 3. Avoid visiting crowded places to reduce your risk of viral infections.
- 4. Drink only boiled water.
- 5. Consume fresh homemade food.
- 6. Make sure your home is well ventilated.
- 7. Washing hands before eating any food.
- 8. Avoid touching your nose and mouth with your hand without washing them.
Play safe this monsoon, eat a healthy diet and keep yourself away from mosquito bites. However if you or a family member especially children suffer from any illness, do not take it lightly. Many symptoms can be misleading and need medical attention.
Lifecare Hospitals Bungoma are the leading providers of highest quality, patient centric care in Western Kenya through innovation, expertise and technology that has been made available with a well-equipped new Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). With incubators, CPAP, Ventilators, phototherapy machine and qualified staffs led by Dr. Agnes Ngecpe_, LifeCare Hospital is the preferred destination for many parents when it comes to quality treatment for their young ones.
Should your children post any of the above symptoms, Consult doctors at LifeCre Hospitals Bungoma.