Breathing Difficulties in Children Escalate According to NHS Figures

The number of infants being admitted to hospital for conditions related to breathing difficulties, such as asthma, bronchitis and jaundice, has increased quite significantly over the last ten years.

Modern children are being taking in for emergency care, while treatment for conditions such as tonsillitis, breathing problems, drug poisoning and infections are also increasingly common.

Official NHS figures have outlined these problems, and experts now suggests that the NHS must be overhauled significantly in order to address the issue.

Services both inside and outside of hospitals must be improved in order to ensure better care is delivered, effectively preventing young people adding to pressures already bearing down on hospitals by spending unnecessary time as an inpatient.

Ultimately number of young people suffering for what would seem to be rather trivial conditions must be considered rather irregular.

Research from the Nuffield Trust think tank outlined several ways that the NHS could improve.

“We have identified a number of areas of concern, which highlight potential inadequacies in the level of care and support this group is receiving outside the emergency hospital setting,” said co-authors Ellis Keeble and Lucia Kossarova.

The Nuffield Trust suggested a lack of knowledge among GPs, poor mental health services and paediatricians spending too little time helping patients in community-based settings all contributed to the statistics.

Research was conducted in collaboration with the Health Foundation think tank, with official NHS hospital episode statistics reports being examined by the two healthcare bodies.

Emergency hospital admissions for all under-25s grew during the decade from 990,903 in 2006-07 to 1,124,863 in 2015-16; an increase rise of 14%.

Dr John Criddle, a spokesman for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, suggested that the frequency of such trivial conditions was having a massively negative impact on the healthcare system.

“The number of infants, children and young people using emergency departments continues to increase – with 30% more emergency admissions for under ones and 28% more for one- to four-year-olds than 10 years ago. This is placing huge pressure on a service already under strain.”

And Dr Bob Klaber, a paediatrician at St Mary’s hospital in London, spoke to The Guardian newspaper and suggested that a lack of joined-up thinking is central to the difficulties in the healthcare system.

“There is no one medical explanation for why 30% more young children are now being admitted to hospital than before. From my experience, the fragmentation of our health and social care system, including antenatal support and help in the child’s first five years of life, has made things really difficult for parents with new babies and young children, and so too often our hospitals become the default place for them to attend.”

 

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