Lucknow: If a child shows symptoms of rapid and shallow breathing, restlessness, headache, bluish lips, increased heart rate, coughing and stridor (a high-pitched, whistling sound heard while breathing) it could be signs of pneumonia, asthma or heart disease and swift action is crucial to prevent complications.

This information was given during a two-day “Training of Trainers” programme on ‘oxygen therapy for the management of hypoxic conditions (lack of oxygen) among children under 5 years,’ which concluded on Saturday.
It was organised by the Directorate General of Health (DG), Ministry of Health (MH) and PATH in coordination with King George’s Medical University (KGMU). The programme was designed specifically for doctors and nurses of sick newborn care units and maternal and child health wards.

A senior respiratory medicine expert said to protect children from these dangers, it was necessary to train doctors and paramedical staff, so that oxygen therapy can be given after assessing the health of the child and thus reduce chances of death.
He also provided information about the various sources and equipment used for oxygen delivery and monitoring.
Director general, medical and health, Dr Renu Srivastava Verma said: “Today, our oxygen infrastructure is strong and self-sufficient. While we no longer worry about availability, responsible usage is crucial.”
Dr Mala Kumar from KGMU’s neonatology department and Dr Piyali Bhattacharya from SGPGIMS discussed the management of Preterm Small Baby Illness and Pneumonia in children.
Dr Shalini Tripathi of KGMU’s pediatrics department gave information on neonatal resuscitation.
Head of pediatrics at Dufferin Hospital Dr Salman Khan said timely recognition was necessary, and oxygen therapy in the right quantity and time could bring early relief for kids.

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