Cause Of Death In Children In The 1970s

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Children have always had a different mortality rate than other age groups due to the many diseases that affect different age groups. Due to different severities of diseases some may lead to death, especially in young children after not having a fully grown immune system. There a few main diseases that have a high death rate due to the different symptoms, causes, and prevention. Three of the main diseases or illnesses that caused death in children in the 1970s are gastroenteritis, pneumonia, and anoxia. Gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu, had a large death rate in the 1970s due to the few treatment options available in the 1970s. This disease is an infection of the stomach and attacks both the stomach and intestines. Gastroenteritis …show more content…
For older adults, babies, and people with other diseases can become even more ill. This is why in the 70s pneumonia was one of the leading causes of death in children under five. Pneumonia is a lung infection and can make you very ill, but can be cleared up in 2-3 weeks if treated correctly by a doctor. There are many symptoms to pneumonia that include: cough, fever, chills, shaking, diarrhea, chest pains, fast heartbeat, feeling tired and weak, nausea, and vomiting. Many of these symptoms are very obvious and there are a few different causes of this life-threatening disease. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common to find and Mycoplasma pneumoniae is an infection of the lungs which is sometimes mild and nicknamed “walking pneumonia”. Three main prevention methods should be taken to lessen the probability of getting pneumonia. These prevention methods are to not smoke, keeping distance from ill people, and getting yearly vaccines. Pneumonia killed many children in the 70s and still kill many who don’t take the steps to prevent …show more content…
Anoxia is the absence or deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues that can affect any organ or tissue in the body and is always serious. Anoxia is an extreme form of hypoxia, low levels of oxygen in the blood, and is also a complete lack of oxygen supply to the body as a whole or to a specific organ or tissue region. Some common more mild symptoms are bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails, confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment, dizziness, poor-decision making, and rapid breathing or shortness of breath. There are even more symptoms that are very chm or severe such as: seizures and tremors- involuntary twitching movements, Respiratory or breathing problems, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, choking, unconsciousness or coma, and dilated pupils. There are many causes of anoxia these are: carbon monoxide, smoke, cyanide poisoning- condition that develops when you inhale, touch, or swallow cyanide- a poisonous chemical gas that prevents your body from absorbing oxygen, high altitude, cardiac arrest- sudden unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)- attacks nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD)- causes coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of

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