Children ER Visits Remain High |幼兒急診人次偏高 病毒性腸胃炎占一半


While the situation is relatively stable during the flu season, pediatric departments of hospitals remain packed, where young patients visit for mostly gastro and respiratory tract related infections. Doctors reminded that parents should be cautious if shortness of breath occurs to their children.


Hospital's pediatric department is crowded with parents and their sick children as recent fluctuating weather conditions are a hotbed for viruses such as flu, other similar viruses and even coronavirus.

He is feverish and suffering from diarrhea with a loss of appetite. He's been coughing too.

His temperature has been high with running nose and coughing. I was wondering if it's the Adenoviruses because he's been feverish for 5 days.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite the fact that the flu cases are low, the number of visits to the ER by children aged 6 and under and people who exhibit influenza-like illnesses remains high after the Mid-Autumn holidays. Emergency visits after September rose from 1,800 people per week to 2,400 people a week recently. Among the visits, cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) rose from 32 cases a week to 118 cases a week while viral gastroenteritis cases rose from 700 a week to 1,100 a week.

A pediatric doctor reminded that RSV is spread by droplet transmission with symptoms similar to that of a common cold, but easier to induce shortness of breath, which the parents should be on high alert of.

Parents need to pay extra attention to the child's breathing condition if the child exhibits respiratory symptoms and has a fever. Parents need to seek immediate medical attention if the child is not feverish but can't sleep because he or she is wheezing. It means the child is having difficulty breathing.

The pediatrician explained the recent increase of flu cases in children is related to the fact that children often can't keep their face masks on. The most effective ways to fight off the virus infection are still to wash hands frequently, wear a face mask and avoid going to public places.



近來天氣變化大,醫院兒科候診室、坐滿家長和小朋友,因為進入秋冬季節,除了新冠病毒和流感發威,還有其他病毒肆虐,讓不少小朋友生病了。

幼童家長 林先生表示:「發燒、然後拉肚子,胃口不好啊,還一直咳嗽。」

幼童家長 黃小姐表示:「因為他一直在發燒,然後就是在流鼻水、咳嗽這樣子,想說是不是腺病毒?還是怎麼了?因為他已經發燒第五天了。」

根據疾管署監測發現,流感疫情雖然在低點,但中秋節連假後,6歲以下幼兒、類流感急診人次卻維持高峰,從九月每週1800人次,到近期達到每週2400人次,其中呼吸道融合病毒、簡稱RSV,更是從一週32例,增加到118例,增加近2.7倍;病毒性腸胃炎也從每週700多例,增加到1100例。醫師提醒,RSV病毒是飛沫傳染,症狀跟一般感冒類似,但較容易引發呼吸急促症狀,家長要提高警覺。

台大小兒感染科醫師 李秉穎表示:「如果小孩子,有這些呼吸道的症狀,加上發燒的話,要特別注意小孩子的呼吸狀況。如果小孩子沒有發燒的時候,喘得很厲害,睡不著的話,要立刻就醫。因為表示說,他的呼吸困難,已經達到一個程度。」

醫師表示,近期幼兒流行病毒感染增加,和幼童常戴不住口罩有關,還是提醒父母不要鬆懈防疫,唯有勤洗手、戴口罩,避免出入公共場所,才能降低病毒感染的威脅。

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