Covid 19 Management in Children

Covid 19 Management in Children

Since the beginning of pandemic parents, all around the world are worried about the health of their children. Previously children represented only a small portion of the covid cases. Now with the new variant there is a rise in infection in children. Corona virus outbreak in children is not as severe as it is in adults but we must be on our toes when it comes to our children health. Let’s look at some facts and advice about covid 19 management in children.

Usage of mask in children

According to the government, masking is not necessary for children below the age of five but recommended for the child’s safety. Children between the ages of 6-12 years should wear a mask depending on their ability to wear one. Children over the age of 12 must wear a mask under the same condition as an adult. Use of antiviral monoclonal antibodies is not recommended by the government for children below the age of 18.

Use of antimicrobial

Government does not recommend use of antimicrobials in asymptomatic cases in children. They should not be prescribed unless there is clinical suspicion of a superadded infection in the child. There are some cases where are antimicrobials can be used in children depending on clinical judgement, policy of the hospital and patients host factor.

Use of steroids and anticoagulants in children

According to Indian government, steroids are harmful in asymptomatic and mild cases of covid infection in children. The government further state that only in hospitalised severe cases which can be continued for 5-7 days can be given the treatment.

Post Covid care

Children with no symptoms or mild symptoms should continue to get regular childcare, appropriate vaccination, nutritional counselling. Children with moderate to severe symptoms, the government says that on discharge from hospital, parents should be counselled regarding monitoring for persistence/worsening respiratory difficulty and the indications for bringing the child back to the facility.

Vaccination in children

Indian government has cleared vaccination for those aged between 15 and 18 years. More than 50% of children have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Make sure you consultant a doctor and get your child vaccinated as early as possible.

We must remember that the covid guidelines are dynamic and are subject to change as new information comes forward. Do not fall victim to everything that is available on the internet. With schools opening up and children, mixing with each other it is important to keep paying attention to your kid health. Focus on ways to improve your kid's immunity.

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Soumil Vartak

-Expert and Writer

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