19 May 2011
By Sournlta Majumdar
"Cases of gastroenteritis, food poisoning, vomiting and loose motion have become common among children in the last couple of weeks. Pediatric gastro cases have increased by 50%. And with monsoon setting in. there is a likelihood that more cases of water contamination will be reported," said Dr Preethi Galagali, consultant pediatrician. Chord Road Hospital. Children from one year of age up to adolescence are getting affected this season. she said.
The complaints are not stopping with mild dehydration. Younger children are becoming victims of severe food poisoning. requiring immediate hospitalisation. They tend to get dehydrated quickly and require to be put in IVF. said Dr Preethi.
Adults too are getting increasingly afflicted by gastroenteritis. "Eating out side is one of the most prominent causes for gastro this season. Due to the excessive heat, food gets stale easily and micro-organisms grow on the food. It is advisable to have only freshly cooked food this season." said Dr Aravind Jagadish, consultant. Suguna Hospital.
Water contamination is another common reason for gastro. "Apart from gastroenteritis. typhoid, amebeosis and viral hepatitis are all caused by water contamination. Thus people should take care of their hygiene from the beginning of monsoon to avoid any such hazards. The best way to ensure that the water you are drink ing is safe is to boil it and then cool it before drinking." said Dr Aravind.
How to have safe drinking water?
Boil water for at least 10 minutes. That will kill the bacteria and virus in it, making it pure and safe to drink.
Tips to stay fit during monsoon
Keep your surroundings clean Maintain good hygiene Wash hands Drink boiled water Don't depend on canned water Eat freshly cooked food Eat well cooked food Wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly before having it raw or in salads