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Number of Respiratory Infections in Newborns Rises

February 9, 2011 9:34 AM | News

An increase in the number of newborns with respiratory infections has made the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority issue a reminder to parents to protect their children.

The increase in infections was reported at the Health Sciences Centre, where 106 admissions were made. Nineteen of those children required admission to the pediatric intensive care unit.

“Children under one year may develop severe diseases and require hospitalization,” said Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg in a release.

“Keep infants away from places where there are people with colds like shopping malls or schools. But most importantly, remember to wash your hands frequently especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping the noses of your children, or after being around any ill person,” Rockman-Greenberg added.

A high number of children admitted have required oxygen masks and even ventilators.