Pediatric care experts on children’s health after a hurricane

Pediatric care in Gastonia, NC

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After a hurricane, experts in pediatric care warn that parents should be alert for risks to their own health and that of their children. There are many health risks that hurricanes either create or exacerbate.

Floodwater can be contaminated with sewage from overwhelmed sewer systems. This is of particular concern to residents of Gastonia, NC because the state of North Carolina is famous for having a lot of extremely large hog farms, hog farms produce a lot of manure, and during a flood that manure tends to spread. Any number of illnesses can be caused by contact with contaminated water and ground. If your child shows any sign of illness in the days or weeks after Hurricane Florence, you should bring him or her to the nearest pediatric care center.

Mosquitoes are more of a danger further south and earlier in the year, but there’s still about a month left of mosquito season in North Carolina, and with so much standing water around, there may be an increase in the number of mosquitoes.

Indoor dangers

All these risks are things you can find outside, but being inside may not be that much safer. If you have to use a portable generator, carbon monoxide is a risk you need to be on the alert for. Make sure your monoxide detector is working. Even small amounts of CO can do damage. Symptoms of low-level CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, dizziness and heart palpitations.

If part of your house has been flooded, even after the water goes away there’s a risk of mold growth, especially if the walls or floor have been wet for more than 48 hours. Symptoms of mold exposure include sneezing, a runny nose, watery, itchy or red eyes, coughing and wheezing. Mold is especially a problem for children with allergies or asthma.

Be on the alert for all these symptoms in yourself and your children. If they appear, you may need to seek out pediatric care for your children. It may also be necessary to evacuate your home again until the problem can be sorted out.

A pediatric practice in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatrics practice in a convenient location in the Charlotte, NC area. It is one of the first medical practices for children in this area, and is owned and directed by its own physicians. It offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day, and has provided personalized service to three generations of families. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. If you have a teenage son or daughter with an acne problem and you need a pediatric clinic, contact Gastonia Pediatrics Associates today.