What is Pericarditis?
Pericarditis means that the tissues surrounding the heart have become inflamed. Probably the most common causes these days are viruses. It may follow on from rheumatic fever, or, as in so many childhood complaints it just occurs out of the blue for no obvious reason. There may be chest pains, which may be less noticeable when standing and there may be early signs of heart failure. Once more, medical attention is always advisable.
Pericaditis often takes place for no obvious cause. The alert parent will soon be able to tell if something has obviously gone wrong with her child, either as a baby, infant, toddler or older. If she notices something that to her is abnormal, she should not delay. Take the child to the doctor for a check. Prompt attention will often bring a happy result. Delay, in many other cases, can lead to a great deal of trouble. This may apply to the short-term as well as the long-term. Fathers should also be alert to the possibilities.