Common baby respiratory problems during summer
Summer is the favorite time of the year amongst children. They have long school holidays and they can also enjoy the beach, swimming pool or the mountain. It is important not to ignore the children’s health during these summer months. Some diseases affect them more regularly because of extreme heat, the air conditioner and big temperature changes. In this post we are going to talk about the common baby respiratory problems during summer so you can be able to detect and prevent them on time.
These type of respiratory problems become more frequent during winter due to the cold weather, enclosed spaces and temperature changes. However, some illnesses are very common in babies during summer.
Some of the common baby respiratory problems during summer are the following:
- Allergies: although food allergies are the most common amongst children, the allergy to polen, also known as “hay-fever”, affect many children during spring, summer and autumn. The common symptoms are runny nose, excessive tearing and tiny red spots below the eyes (allergic shiners). Try not to go on the streets with your baby on windy days in order to prevent it. The concentration of allergens increases and so do the possibilities of having contact with the baby through his nose or mouth, producing rhinitis or asthma, and also through the mucus in the corner of the eye, causing conjunctivitis. It is also recommendable to be informed about the pollen levels before going outside. You can find detailed information about these levels on Spanish Society of Clinical Allergology and Immunology or Spanish Aerobiology Network websites. Try to avoid smoky environments, ventilate closed spaces before entering with the baby and maintain them mite-free, a common allergen.
- Laryngitis: it is a respiratory disease which causes an infection or irritation of the larynx, makes them become narrower and causes breathing trouble. It usually affects children between 6 months and 6 years old and may be caused by a virus because of big temperature changes due to the air conditioner and sudden changes caused by swimming in the pool or the sea. The most common symptoms of laryngitis in children are hoarseness or aphonia, sore throat and dry cough, which is more usual at night. Sometimes it can also cause wheezing and rapid breathing. The way to prevent is to avoid dry and smoky environments, maintaining the baby highly hydrated, washing our hands frequently and avoiding contact with people that suffer it.
- Bronchitis: it is an inflammation of the bronchi which generally affects children between 0 and 36 months old. It usually starts due to a cold but it can also be caused by the swimming pool’s chlorine, tobacco smoke, dust and some allergens. The common symptoms are dry cough, nasal congestion, chest pain, breathing difficulties and wheezing. In order to prevent it, try your baby to avoid smoky environments, a constant that should be maintained to prevent any problem that may affect the airways, try to maintain your child highly hydrated at all times and, during summer, it is recommendable not to swim in swimming pools which contain high chlorine concentrations. A possible solution to this problem are salt pools, which are being more frequent both in public and private spaces.
- Asthma: it is an inflammatory lung disease which can occur at all ages, although it is more frequent in younger children. We can distinguish two different types of asthma depending on the origin or its triggers: allergic asthma or extrinsic asthma: caused by an allergy (dust mites, pollen, fungi…) and nonallergic asthma or intrinsic asthma: caused by the smoke, virus, pollution...
The symptoms are similar in both types of asthma, but the most frequent ones are breathing difficulties, cough, wheezing, intercostal retractions (when the ribs are made prominent while the child is breathing). In order to prevent it, try to avoid the exposure to allergens, limit his exposure to polluted air and avoid smoky environments.
In order to know if the respiratory problems which babies may suffer during summer are serious and be able to distinguish if the origin is allergic, asthmatic or infectious, it is necessarily to know the blood oxygen saturation, in other words, the level of oxygen which is found in the blood, and the heart rate. Liip Smart Monitor informs you about the baby’s oxygen levels and the onset of tachycardias, due to its advanced technology. It also notifies you in the most precise and detailed way in case there exists any serious respiratory problem. In addition, it links with your pediatrician, making easier the diagnosis of your baby’s respiratory problem, controlling it and, in case it requires an specific treatment, knowing its evolution and result.
We hope this post helps you now that summer is upon us. We will be pleased to help you in case you have any question or doubt. And remember it is really important for children to be highly hydrated, to be exposed to the sun with caution using sunscreen at all times and also to eat well.