SYMPTOMS: Polio is caused by any one of three types of viruses — type 1, 2 or 3. The
extent of the illness
varies from child to child. Fortunately, 90% to 95% of affected
children who get the infection do not manifest any symptoms. A
few may just get a little fever or stiffness of the neck and
back. Paralysis of muscles is seen in less than 1% of cases.
The child may completely recover from the paralysis or may be left with some degree of
handicap. Serious cases
may involve the brain and muscles of respiration.
TREATMENT: If you suspect poliomyelitis, show your child to the doctor as soon as
possible. Those attending
to the child must wash their hands properly, especially after handling the baby’s stools.
It is advisable that, 6 weeks after a child recovers
from an attack of poliomyelitis, he is given 3 doses of oral
polio vaccine, irrespective of his previous immunisation
11 February, 2013