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Young Irish mum warns people not to kiss babies after four-month-old son contracts deadly virus - Irish Mirror

Young Irish mum warns people not to kiss babies after four-month-old son contracts deadly virus - Irish Mirror


Young Irish mum warns people not to kiss babies after four-month-old son contracts deadly virus - Irish Mirror

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:47 AM PST

A young mum has urged people not to kiss babies after her four-month old received emergency treatment when he contracted a deadly virus.

Little Koby Symes spent five days in isolation in Dublin's Temple Street Hospital after he developed Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which medics said was from other people holding and kissing the tot, according to mum Zoe McGlade.

The 22-year old new mum from Swords, Co. Dublin is now urging other parents not to allow people to hold or kiss their babies to protect them from the virus, which can be especially dangerous to infants and the elderly.

"Koby developed a bit of a cough two weeks ago so I brought him to the GP who said all was fine. However, he got worse so I returned to the GP who gave my baby antibiotics for a chest infection which had developed," she said.

Zoe with Koby

"He just wasn't getting any better and I was going to wait until the course of antibiotics was finished but I decided to bring him to the Emergency Department of Temple Street on Saturday, 28th December.

"I watched helplessly as Koby was put on oxygen immediately. His oxygen levels had dipped to 71 and anything below 94 is dangerous. He was also severely dehydrated and his fontanelle was sunken.

"He had developed the RSV which has spread quickly through his respiratory system and into his lungs.

"He was put in isolation and hooked up to all these machines and monitors. It was very scary for me and Koby's dad Luke."

Zoe was told that the baby had probably picked it up from an adult over the festive period.

"The doctor asked if we were around many people over Christmas and said that the majority of babies develop RSV from other people kissing them or holding them with unwashed hands.

Koby in hospital after developing the virus

"To us RSV is just like a common cold, so you might just have a bit of a cough or a runny nose but to babies, it is very serious.

"The doctor told me that if I had waited even a few more hours to bring Koby in, it could have been a very different situation."

She said there were six other babies in the same ward with RSV, none as serious as Koby.

Thankfully Koby is home and even giving his parents smiles again but Zoe doesn't want any other parent or baby suffering because they are afraid to say no to people holding their children.

Koby in hospital after developing the virus

"We always asked people to wash their hands before holding Koby or not to kiss him but we were mocked and told we were over-protective.

"We went from having a healthy little boy to watching him in isolation with feeding tubes and oxygen to help him breathe.

"A little cough or runny nose that you might think is nothing can literally be deadly to a baby and we definitely won't be letting people near him again."

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Coronavirus: Experts say Dettol can't kill deadly disease despite claims on label - Mirror Online

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 12:00 AM PST

Experts have warned that Dettol's cleaning spray can't kill the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, despite claims on recent packaging.

Shoppers had rushed to stock up on the anti-bacterial spray after labels claimed the product could kill the human coronavirus - but scientists have warned that it has no evidence.

Amazed shoppers claimed they 'have found a cure' of the deadly Wuhan virus as they shared images of the cleaning agent on Twitter.

The label at the back of the bottle shows: "Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser is proven to kill viruses: Influenza - Type A H1N1, Human Coronavirus and RSV".

Some were shocked to the finding as one said: "How did they know this before the outbreak?"

The label at the back of the Dettol bottle read it is proven to kill viruses including human coronavirus

But experts explained that the term 'coronavirus' can be attributed to a group of RNA viruses and the recent outbreak is being referred as the Wuhan-strain, according to Plymouth Live.

Dr Jonathan Stoye, head of division of virology, The Francis Crick Institute, states the common cold can also fall under the Coronavirus category, which is most likely what the Dettol labels are referring to, not the fatal Wuhan strain.

So perhaps is not the time to start loading up fast on cheap domestic sprays at the supermarket - Dettol in particular.

Shoppers claimed they 'have found a cure for the virus' and stockpiled them

"It should be made clear that the Wuhan virus is only one of many types of human coronavirus – another is associated with many common colds," Dr Stoye said.

"Presumably, the cold virus has been tested for sensitivity to Dettol."

Professor Jonathon Ball, professor of molecular virology, University of Nottingham said: "There are lots of viruses, coronaviruses included, that contain an outer layer made of oils – or lipids to give them their correct term – and this layer is sensitive to the actions of lots of commonly used disinfectants, including soap.

Experts say the coronavirus listed on the bottle means the generic category, but not specifically to the Wuhan-strain

"Whilst these disinfectants would not have been tested directly against the novel coronavirus, the virus will have the same kind of lipids in their outer surface, which can be removed by commonly used disinfectants and soaps.

"This is well known and not new."

An expert in disease control at Exeter University said that the coronavirus outbreak should be a matter of concern but not worry or panic for people in the South West.

The virus has spread to at least 16 other countries

Dr Bharat Pankhania said at all times, not only during outbreaks, good hand hygiene went a long way towards control and reduction in person-to-person spread of infections.

"I often observe people in public toilets not washing their hands or not washing and drying them properly. It is no wonder that we have outbreaks," said Dr Pankhania, a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter's College of Medicine and Health.

A spokesperson for Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Dettol, said: "RB has become aware of speculation about Dettol products and the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

"As this is an emerging outbreak RB, like all manufacturers, doesn't yet have access to the new virus (2019-nCoV) for testing and, as a result, are not yet in a position to confirm levels of effectiveness against the new strain.

"Our products have been tested against other coronaviruses (such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV) and have been found to kill those. Although 2019-nCoV is a new strain, this virus is very similar to other coronaviruses.

"We continue to work with our partners to ensure that we have the latest understanding of the virus, route of transmission and will test our product range once health authorities make the strain available."

The virus, reportedly first spread in Wuhan of central China, has killed 259 people and infected over 11,000 people globally.

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Public Health England confirmed the virus is now in Britain after two members of the same family tested positive for the virus.

It is believed the patients are tourists and it is understood they had been staying at a hotel in Yorkshire.

The two patients are in a high consequence infectious disease unit, said Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England.

The shampoo bottle saving babies from pneumonia - BBC News

Posted: 10 Oct 2017 12:00 AM PDT

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Media captionThe Bangladeshi doctor who turned a shampoo bottle into a low-cost lifesaver

"It was my first night as an intern and three children died before my eyes. I felt so helpless that I cried."

In 1996, Dr Mohammod Jobayer Chisti was working in the paediatric department of the Sylhet Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh. That evening he made a promise that he would do something to stop children dying from pneumonia.

About 920,000 babies and small children die from the disease each year, mostly in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

After two decades of research, Dr Chisti has now come up with a low-cost device with the potential to save thousands of babies' lives.

Expensive machines

Pneumonia affects the lungs after infections from bacteria like streptococcus (strep throat) or a virus such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The lungs become swollen and fill with fluid or pus, reducing their ability to take in oxygen.

In developed countries hospitals use ventilators to help children with pneumonia to breathe.

But each machine can cost up to $15,000 (£11,000) and must be operated by specially-trained staff which can make them too expensive for hospitals in developing countries such as Bangladesh.

The World Health Organisation's recommended low-cost alternative treatment for severe pneumonia - low-flow oxygen - still results in one in seven children dying.

Image caption The pressure from the bubbles in Dr Chisti's device keeps the small air sacs of the lungs open

Dr Christi got his inspiration from a machine he saw while working in Melbourne, Australia. This uses continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to prevent the lungs from collapsing, helping the body to absorb enough oxygen. But it is expensive.

When he returned to work at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, he started work on a simpler, cheaper bubble CPAP device.

He and a colleague took a discarded plastic shampoo bottle from the intensive care unit, filled it with water and inserted one end of some plastic supply tubing.


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"The children inhale oxygen from a tank and exhale through a tube which is inserted into a bottle of water producing bubbles in the water," Dr Chisti explains.

The pressure from the bubbles keeps the small air sacs of the lungs open.

"We tested it on four or five patients at random. We saw a significant improvement within a few hours."

Successful Trial

"Doctors worked so hard; oxygen, a pipe for food, and then a white round bottle was connected with water bubbling away," says Kohinoor Begum, whose daughter Runa was treated by the device.

"After the treatment, when my child recovered, I felt so happy."

After a two year study, Dr Chisti published the results in The Lancet magazine. It showed children treated with the bubble CPAP device had much lower death rates compared with those treated with low-flow oxygen. At a cost of just $1.25 (£1), the device appeared to cut mortality rates by 75%.

The device also makes much more efficient use of oxygen, slashing the hospital's annual oxygen bill from $30,000 (£23,000) to just $6,000 (£4,600).

Dr ARM Luthful Kabir, professor of paediatrics at Ad-din Women's Medical College, says a nationwide study is still needed but the results are encouraging.

Image caption Kohinoor Begum and Rezaul Karim with daughter Runa, one of 600 babies treated using the device

"I think this innovation has great potential to reduce the mortality rate drastically because any hospital can afford this," Dr Kabir says.

So far, about 600 children have benefited from the low-cost life saver.

Dr Chisti has been promoted and is now head of clinical research at his hospital but the father-of-three still finds time to play with the children on the ward.

When asked how he feels to be fulfilling that promise he made 20 years ago he replies: "I have no language to express this."

He wants every hospital in developing countries to have the CPAP device available to them.

"On that day, we can say that pneumonia-related mortality is near zero."

Balloch mum organises social media market for charity close to her heart - Daily Record

Posted: 10 May 2019 08:06 AM PDT

A market organised through the power of social media helped a Balloch mum raise vital awareness of a charity which is close to her heart.

Devoted mum-of-five Pauline Thumath brought traders from across West Dunbartonshire together for a Facebook market to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow.

The facility is a 'home away from home' for families with children receiving specialist care in hospital.

Pauline has dedicated a number of years to raising awareness and funds for the house, which gave her vital support while two of her children were in intensive care when they were babies.

Callum, now 16, was born weighing just one and a half pounds at birth and was treated in intensive care in Yorkhill between March and July of 2003.

Pauline Thumath organised the event

In January 2007, Pauline's youngest son Dominic, now 12, was also treated in intensive care when he developed RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) at two months old.

The event held on April 27 at St Kessog's Church Hall helped raise £265 for the charity.

Pauline – who is also mum to Molly, 13, Zita Rosie, eight, and seven-year-old Nirea – said: "It was such a good day, even though we didn't get as good a turnout as we had hoped.

"I am really grateful to all the traders who got in touch and stayed till the end. It was a really lovely day.

"Just being able to spread awareness of what a fantastic service Ronald McDonald House provides is good enough and now there are 20 more families that have learned something about it that they didn't know before."

Pauline says the event also introduced her to two other families whose children had received care at Ronald McDonald House.

She added: "It was so lovely to speak with other people who know how fantastic a charity this is.

"It is such a special place and they work so hard with families to make sure they are looked after in every way possible."

Spreading awareness of the important facility is something Pauline is passionate about, and last year organised a tour of the house for 15 staff members at Balloch McDonald's.

The Balloch branch works in partnership with Pauline to raise awareness of the vital unit, collecting £5000 last year.

Traders from across West Dunbartonshire came along to the event

Pauline added: "I do a lot of work with Balloch McDonald's and they are very supportive of me and we decided we wanted people to know the significance of the house.

"That's why we arranged the tour for staff so they could meet the families affected and really learn a lot of the different circumstances which brings people there.

"The house is completley reliant on public funding so it's so important to let as many people know about it as possible."

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