Burning heat takes toll on students

BANGALORE: With the annual exams  nearing, not many are falling ill because of the psychological ‘exam fever’. Instead, the burning heat has taken over and around 10 cases of summer sickn

Published: 10th March 2012 02:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:32 PM   |  A+A-

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Fruits and cucumber are good to beat the summer heat I Nagaraja Gadekal

BANGALORE: With the annual exams  nearing, not many are falling ill because of the psychological ‘exam fever’. Instead, the burning heat has taken over and around 10 cases of summer sicknesses are being reported at city hospitals daily.

Cases of stomach ailments, allergies and gastroenteritis are highest on the list of sicknesses and doctors are now advising parents to take care of the food habits of their children.

“The exams are round the corner. Most schools have annual exams starting in the next one week and it is that time when children feel psychologically ill. However, this year the heat has got the better of them and cases of stomach upset are reigning,” said Padma Jairam, a child psychologist.

Not So Cool

At many hospitals, cases of eye, nose and skin allergies amongst children, along with nausea, vomiting and stomach upset are being reported on a daily basis. “Cases of allergies have shot up by 30 per cent this summer. The summer sicknesses are back and children between the age group of 7 and 14 years are worst affected,” said Dr Gautam Das, a consulting physician. “There is a lot of pollution. The heat is at its peak and since it is exam time, students are nervous and tensed. Many students often forget to drink a lot of water and it  leads to dehydration,” said Umesh Siddiqque, a paediatrician.

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