The Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health Methodist Hospital are putting visitor restrictions in place starting Monday, Nov. 18th. Only visits by parents plus four designated adults identified by the parents will be allowed on the NICU floor.
Siblings and children under 18 will not be permitted. These restrictions minimize risk of infection to patients already at risk and will be in place through spring 2020.
A respiratory tract infection is an infection of the lungs, airways, sinuses or throat. Viruses, bacteria, mycoplasma (a special kind of bacteria) and fungi cause respiratory infections. Children tend to get respiratory infections because they have not built up resistance to the viruses that cause most of these infections.
Generally, there are two groups of respiratory infections:
Usually, respiratory infections are cured completely if treated early, but serious, complex infections may be life-threatening if proper treatment is not provided.
Complications of a respiratory infection may include:
Some respiratory infections and their complications can be prevented with timely vaccination against influenza virus and pneumococcus.
If your child has a complicated respiratory infection, the doctor may perform one or more of these tests:
Treatment for lung infections depends on how severe the illness is and whether the infection is bacterial, viral or fungal.
Most bacterial infections are treated with a full course of prescribed antibiotics. Viral infections are often treated at home with rest and symptom care since antibiotics are usually ineffective. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal medicines.
Children who are at greater risk for serious complications may be hospitalized. For severe symptoms, treatment may include intravenous (IV) antibiotics and/or oxygen therapy.
For more information about complicated respiratory tract infections, please visit the resources below.
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