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The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has paved the way for some severe lung infections as well as new terms to explain the conditions. ‘Happy Hypoxia’ is one of them. It is the term used in a condition where oxygen levels in the blood decrease drastically but the patient remains happy and comfortable without […]

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The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has paved the way for some severe lung infections as well as new terms to explain the conditions. ‘Happy Hypoxia’ is one of them. It is the term used in a condition where oxygen levels in the blood decrease drastically but the patient remains happy and comfortable without any distress for the initial hours. As this happens, a person may not experience dyspnea or breathlessness at the onset. By the time their body presents symptoms, internal damage would have occurred. In a healthy person, the normal oxygen level is above 95%. A further decrease in blood oxygen levels can be life-threatening if there is no medical intervention immediately. Some Covid-19 patients show blood oxygen levels lower than 60%. Normally, when oxygen level goes low patient will go into distress. Heartbeat and respiratory rate will become high. They will become agitated and restless. This does not happen in some covid positive patients as soon as there is a dip in the oxygen level. For some time, in the beginning, they will go about living their normal lives, as there are no signs of their lungs being in poor condition also no manifestation of symptoms in the body. Hence, patients suffering from Happy Hypoxia will not be able to self-diagnose the condition in the early stages. In such situations, if there is no immediate medical attention, there is a high chance of the failure of organs such as the kidneys, heart, and brain.

Comorbidities that can increase the condition

There could be multiple reasons for the decrease in oxygen levels. In some cases, secondary kidney diseases or lung aspiration can also lead to this condition. In certain Covid-19 cases, it can cause an inflammatory reaction in the body which then leads to clotting, in the blood vessels of the heart or lungs. This blocks the oxygen from reaching the tissues and cells of the lungs. Identifying the condition At hospitals, doctors use blood gas analysis to determine the oxygen levels in the blood. At home during quarantine, Happy Hypoxia is not easily identifiable as it does not show any noticeable or alarming signs. It is crucial to self-check the oxygen levels using the Oximeter, at regular intervals of time.

One must also keep an eye on the points below:

  •  The Colour of the lips/palms may change to blue.
  • Sweating profusely after being involved in very little physical activity.
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Slow heart rate
  • Wheezing

It is crucial to consult a doctor immediately if one notices that their blood oxygen level falls below 95% while checking with an oximeter. The doctor would initiate a physical examination of the lungs and heart, to diagnose the condition, and especially check to see if the skin has turned blue due to insufficient supply of oxygen.

The doctor would also want to check oxygen levels by using a pulse oximeter or an arterial blood gas test, which is done by taking a blood sample from the artery. The doctor might also check oxygen levels by fitting in breathing tubes connected to a machine.

Treatment

The fundamental principle in treating the Happy Hypoxia condition is to raise the blood oxygen levels. In covid patients gradually the virus replicates and goes down from the throat to lungs, and causes pneumonia. If the infection involves the airway in the lungs, doctors often give medications through inhalers and the condition improves. This is done to treat the underlying conditions that cause Happy Hypoxia. In more severe cases, the doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy, which is giving people extra oxygen, usually through a tube called ‘Cannula’. If a life is in danger or if the person is not responding to other treatments, the next best option would be to provide them machine support to breathe. The amount of time a person requires oxygen therapy varies from case to case. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, the patient may receive oxygen at home, with a portable machine while they travel, or in the hospital.

Complications or side effects

If the oxygen levels in the blood are declining, the body would fail to deliver an adequate supply of oxygen to all tissues and organs. This can lead to the shutting down of organs such as the heart,  brain, kidneys and can result in death if medical help is not sought immediately.

Be vigilant and prepared

The best way to prevent the condition of Happy Hypoxia would be to keep monitoring the oxygen levels using a pulse oximeter at regular intervals. Make sure to do this even if the patient is fine and not experiencing any discomfort. Eating healthy and staying physically active is also important to prevent this condition. It is essential to identify one’s asthma triggers, prepare themselves and find ways to prevent them. For people using inhalers, consult your doctor and take additional medication to prevent any flares.

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The Covid virus can mutate rapidly which means it can attack newer hosts faster than before. While the Covid virus targeted the older population during the first wave, the second wave has been found to affect more of the younger working population. It is expected that the third wave will affect children more as most […]

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The Covid virus can mutate rapidly which means it can attack newer hosts faster than before. While the Covid virus targeted the older population during the first wave, the second wave has been found to affect more of the younger working population. It is expected that the third wave will affect children more as most adults have been infected by the virus and/or immunized to it to some degree.

Happy Hypoxia has been found to occur often during this pandemic. It is commonly found in kids as their immunity is high and they are relatively playful; it is when they do not show signs and symptoms of breathlessness till their oxygen levels drop significantly. Catastrophically, by then the disease progresses and affects the lungs.

During this time, breathing exercises become important as they help improve the lung’s capacity and reduce the impact of the Covid-19 virus.

As parents, encourage your kids to do these fun-filled breathing activities which they will enjoy while they are indoors during the lockdowns.

1) Belly breathing: Make your child lie down. Place a stuffed toy on his belly. Ask them to take a deep breath through the nose for 5 counts as the stuffed animal gently swings up as their lungs fill with air. Then on another count of 5, let them breathe out. This is a fun activity as they watch their belly go up and down through the exercise.

2) Paint the town red: A family time activity. All the family members sit with a white sheet of paper and do some blow painting. Put some blobs of watercolor on the paper, take a straw and blow the paint in any direction. In the end, each one can see what beautiful objects they have created unknowingly. This increases the lung capacity of the kid and calms the child.

 3)Smelling Flowers: Ask your munchkin to imagine they are smelling a flower/or give a real one. They can breathe in deeply through the nose and exhale through the mouth. The smelling flower is a rejuvenating exercise which kids love to do.

4) Feather breathing: All you need for this one is a few fun color feathers for your child and let them pick any one of them. Ask them to breathe in deeply and hold this for 3 counts keeping one side of the feather against their mouth. Repeat the exercise by changing the side of the feather.

 5) Rainbow breathing: This is an energetic breathing technique with movements and breath control. Ask your little angel to start with arms at the side of his body. The arms go up as he breathes in and down as he breathes out, (arms make a rainbow). He can call out a particular color of the rainbow and continue with an imaginary painting that color with his arms while breathing.

6) Water/Soap Bubbles: Have your little one make bubbles in a cup of water through a straw or with the soap bubble toy. Encourage them to blow gently in order to get a proper and big bubble. Let them take in a deep breath and with a soft and long exhale, blow out to create a beautiful bubble.

7) Honey bee breath: Ensure that the child is seated at ease. With the mouth closed, let them take in a breath through the nose. In this position, let them make buzzing or humming sounds (similar to that of a bumblebee) and exhale. This exercise is particularly beneficial for children with asthma. To make it more fun, covering the ears will help increase the sound and vibration of the buzz as extra entertainment for the child.

8) Blow candle/Balloons: Have your kid blow out the candles on an imaginary birthday cake, drawing a deep breath in through the nose, and blowing them out strongly through their mouth. They can even compete amongst each other with respect to who blows the maximum number of birthday balloons.

9) Dragon Breath: Have your child interlace their fingers under their chin, and as they inhale through their nose, have them raise their elbows as high as they can around their neck and face. On exhaling out as if whistling through the mouth, ask them to lower their elbows back down. Dragon breathing assists to dislodge the mucus/phlegm from the lungs. Into the bargain, it enhances chest expansion and gives a good stretch to the rib cage.

10) Woodchopper breathing: Have your little one clasp their hands together in front of their body. Take a long breath in while raising hands above their head. Then, on a vigorous exhale with mouth open, as if fogging on a glass, forcefully take hands down and bend down towards the legs. Drop the head and completely and let go of all the tension in the body. Woodchopper breathing is a natural decongestant that helps in expectorating the mucus out, furthermore, freeing the lungs from infection.

All the exercises can be done in a play and reward form, competing with siblings, parents, or friends. Any of the above 5 exercises with 5-10 repetitions of 2 sets per day or per your child’s ‘comfort, would take your kid a long way from infection.

God has given us a window of opportunity to save our kids, let us make the best use of it without any delay. Happy & Safe Breathing!

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