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Covid-19 in Babies and Kids: Symptoms and Prevention

Covid 19 in kids

The coronavirus pandemic is again on the rise and this time babies and kids are the most affected all around the world.

Can toddlers and children get infected by COVID-19?

Yes, children and toddlers can get affected by COVID-19. Positive cases have been on the rise among children especially due to the widespread transmission of the highly contagious covid variant - Omicron. Few infected children even developed complications that required immediate hospitalization as well. However, very few cases were found where children developed severe lung infection or died due to the coronavirus. Thus, it is important to take necessary precautions and prevent the transmission of infection in children and toddlers.

What should Parents know about Coivd-19?

The highly contagious omicron variant has been found to spread rapidly among individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

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The Indian government has only recently declared that vaccines will be given to those kids who are aged in between 14 to 18 years. For children below the permitted age and those who are yet to receive their dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine must follow Covid precautions like wearing masks in public, sanitizing their hands regularly and following social distancing. This should be accompanied by boosting immunity daily.

Can a pregnant mom pass on COVID-19 to her baby?

Covid 19 in babies

Very rare cases were found where pregnant women infected with the coronavirus passed on the disease to their baby. The newborns that were detected positive for COVID-19 had mild symptoms and recovered faster. However, few serious cases have also occurred. This calls for pregnant women to take extra safety precautions, being regularly in touch with their doctor and getting fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

COVID-19 symptoms in babies and children

The COVID-19 symptoms in children in babies are milder as compared to their adult counterparts. Some infected cases have no signs or symptoms which include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Body ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Congestion

While fever and cough are common symptoms in both children and adults; shortness of breath is highly found in adults. Many infected children had symptoms like sore throat, diarrhea and excessive fatigue. If immediate care is not taken then these symptoms can prove to be dangerous and thus, parents must take utmost care of their children and visit a doctor as soon as they observe any one or two of the above-mentioned symptoms.

How to protect your child from COVID-19?

Many parents will be concerned about the safety of their kids. Parents must ensure that their kids follow the COVID-19 protocols. At the same time the parents must actively take measures to boost their child's immunity. Adding vitamin C rich foods two their child’s diet or yummy nutrition drinks can help strengthen the child's immune system. In addition, they must make sure that their kids are adequately hydrated with the help of electrolytes to avoid fatigue and weakness.

Read Next: 5 Ways your Lifestyle can keep you Safe from Omicron

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Neel Visaria

-Expert and Writer

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