It is a fancy term for the inflammation and swelling of the epiglottis.
What is the Epiglottis?
The epiglottis is the medical name for the flap of tissue that covers your windpipe when you eat so that food doesn’t mistakenly get into your lungs.
That can lead to choking, aspiration, chest infection, hospital admission, problems with breathing and eventually death.
It is NOT something to joke with.
That child (or even adult) will literally be dead in a few hours if they do not get to a good hospital very quickly.
In adults and older children, it is mostly difficulty with swallowing and drooling. You just see the person very restless, breathless and drooling saliva.
CALL A DOCTOR.
Sitting leaning forward
Supporting body with both hands
All these are the commonest symptoms.
But when a child/adult has Epiglottitis,
The flap is permanently covering the windpipe so no oxygen can get to the lungs.
How is Epiglottitis treated?
It’s treated in the hospital.
And the first thing doctors do is to SECURE THE AIRWAY and give Oxygen immediately.
Because that’s what kills the child, if not done.
It is caused by the bacteria called H. Influenza, same bacteria causes pneumonia and meningitis.
So it can be quite serious.
How do you get Epiglottitis?
The bacteria is spread as droplets in the air- so you can pick it up if someone coughs/sneezes.
So always wash your hands after shaking people. Always.
Let them call you whatever names they will. Never allow strangers touch your baby anyhow on the face or kiss your baby at all.
Too risky. Too dangerous.
And the child could potentially die from serious infection.
I’ve forgotten if it is available in Nigeria also. Please check at the nearest hospital close to you and ask for Hemophilus Influenza vaccination.
Do NOT panic.
Do NOT pour oil in their mouth.
Do NOT stick anything in their throat like a spoon or stick. That can make things worse and cause a throat spasm that will kill them faster than even the infection would. Pls beware.
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