Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of morbidity in both western world and developing countries including India. It kills one child every 15 seconds. Despite these sobering statistics, there is good news: solutions exist to prevent and treat pneumonia, and ultimately save young lives and significantly reduce the burden of families and society
Preventive strategies for pneumonia in children include:
It’s the most effective way to prevent pneumonia
Vaccinate your baby against Hemophilus influenza(Hib)
Pneumococcus, Measles and Whooping cough (pertussis)
Adequate nutrition: It’s a key to improve baby’s natural defences, Research studies suggest exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is effective in preventing pneumonia and also reduces the duration of illness and hospital stay.
Healthy environment: Addressing indoor and outdoor air pollution and encouraging good hygiene in crowded places goes a long way in promoting health in general and pneumonia in particular.