The WHO warns about respiratory diseases in children: characteristics are the symptoms and how to prevent them


From the first weeks of December The World Health Organization (WHO) warned about the increase in respiratory diseases in children under the age of 10 from many parts of the world. These conditions can lead to serious conditions, if it is a streptococcal infection or some viruses such as the coronavirus.

With this concern in mind the body clarified its requirements are the symptoms of these diseaseshow to prevent them and when serious signs appear.

WHO disseminated measures to prevent respiratory diseases in children

Although, for the moment, the countries that registered these cases the most are France, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, since they are in the winter season, it is important to keep informed to be vigilant.

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Dr. Wilson of the WHO explained that there are “an increasing number of children hospitalized with acute respiratory infections caused by respiratory viruses common such as influenza, parainfluenza, RSV respiratory virus, adenovirus and coronavirus.

The symptoms to take into account and the “red flags”

Respiratory infections start with symptoms of a common cold: nasal congestion, irritated throat and changes in the habit of eating or drinking, for this reason, it is advisable to consult a specialist before the picture begins.

In the case of a streptococcal infection, the physical manifestations may be the following: sore throat, fever, headache and muscle fatigueas well as a fine reddish rash, known as scarlet fever.

The “red flags” to take into account are if there is agitated breathing or breathing difficulties, blue lips, as well as bone pain and skin hypersensitivity.


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable mask or tissue.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with your elbow.
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Keep children immunized up to date, including for influenza and COVID-19.
  • Breastfeeding, as it protects against these viruses in young babies.

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