Scientists: bacteria in the nose signal serious lung infections in children
A new experiment has demonstrated that the study of bacteria and viruses from the nose of children can contribute to improved diagnosis and treatment of severe lung infections.
It is noted that it is the infection of the lungs that is the most common cause of death for young children under five years old worldwide.
The experiment showed that in children with respiratory infections the composition of bacteria and viruses in the nose was completely changed.
Academics from the University of Edinburgh have revealed that some differences indicate the seriousness of the condition and can help doctors predict how long the baby should be under the supervision of doctors.
Doctors claim that in less serious cases this may reduce the need for antibiotic drugs and help some children recover naturally.