Acute Mountain Sickness in Children

Fischer, Philip R.
February 2009
Travel Medicine Advisor;Feb2009, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p7
Faced with limited data about acute mountain sickness in children traveling rapidly to high altitude, Swiss researchers studied symptoms in 48 children (ages 10-17, mean age 13) who traveled 2 1/2 hours from low altitude (568 meters) to 3450 meters (approximately 11,200 feet). During the subsequent two days, 38% developed symptoms of mountain sickness; most of these became symptomatic during the first few hours at altitude. Symptoms were relatively mild and decreased over the days of the study; five of the subjects took acetaminophen for headache, but no further treatment was required. The authors concluded that pharmacologic prophylaxis may not be needed.


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