Kids and Primary Complex

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If you have children in the house, it is deem important to make sure that all the household members are free of the tuberculosis infection. My youngest son was exposed to  Mycobacterium tuberculosis or better known as Primary Complex when he was 7 years old, he got the bacteria from his nanny then, the very reason why I require a medical clearance before I avail the services of a house helper after the incident. Both my son and his yaya have undergone a six month continuous medication to eradicate the infection.

Primary Complex is a tuberculosis (TB) infection which is spread by an adult infected with tuberculosis to young children through coughing, sneezing, talking, and even breathing.  Children are most easily exposed to it through inhalation as a person with an active TB coughs up the germs which is inhaled by the kid.

Most common symptoms of Primary Complex are:

  • Weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck area
  • Night sweating
  • Prolonged and persistent coughs
  • Persistent fever that occurs in the afternoon or at night

Treatment for Primary Complex takes a long time, it will take six months to kill the bacteria that lead to tuberculosis. Medications should be given continuously for the given period and as much as possible the patient should never miss a dose. Drug combinations of Rifampicin, Pyrazinamide and Isoniazid were given to my youngest son to cure his infection.  I, personally see to it that he took the doses religiously to ward off the disease.

It is crucial to treat primary complex  because if it is left untreated, it may eventually evolve into active tuberculosis. It is advisable to immediately seek the advice of your pediatrician once you see symptoms in your kids.


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