What are the common problems infants face due to seasonal changes and how to prevent them? —R Jesuraj, Chetpet
Common health problems in babies during seasonal changes include cold, cough, fever and vomiting. Babies also commonly have skin problems.
Many of these problems are not serious. It is important to know how to help your sick baby and to know the warning signs for more serious problems.
The changing weather can pose a few challenges and bring along infections and allergies.
While it’s not possible to prevent your baby from ever getting sick, there are things you can try to keep her safe and healthy.
It is important to keep up with breastfeeding, and ensure immunisation is up-to-date.
The temperature changes should be made easier on the baby and dress them up according to the weather. Healthy eating is important and good hygiene should be followed.
— Dr Mohan Kumar, consultant paediatrician, Stanley Medical College and Hospital
What kind of illnesses are common now in patients with long Covid? — Shyam K, Alwarpet
Some people continue to experience health problems long after having Covid.
Post-Covid syndrome involves a variety of new, returning or ongoing symptoms that people experience more than four weeks after getting Covid.
In some people, the syndrome lasts months or years or causes disability.
The most commonly reported symptoms include fatigue, fever, shortness of breath and cough and respiratory problems.
—Dr Prasanna Kumar Thomas, consultant pulmonologist.