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Symptoms և Preventive measures. Coronavirus in infants and children
Published on August 16, 2021
Article by Dr. Sujata Tyagarajan, Consultant – Pediatrics, Aster RV Hospital
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can affect children of all ages. However, most infected children do not get as sick as adults, and some may not even have symptoms at all. Children are more likely to be innocent carriers of the virus և and can potentially spread it to other children who are at greater risk of developing severe Covid symptoms. In some rare և severe cases, children may even develop MIS-C, a condition in which there is inflammation throughout the body that can be dangerous and deadly to the child. Parents and guardians can play an important role in educating their children about coronavirus in a fun way and instilling a sense of responsibility. Below is a short guide for parents.
Is it possible for children to become infected with COVID-19?
Yes of course. Parents and families should be aware that SARS-CoV-2 can not only infect children և cause COVID-19, but can also carry the virus այլ and pass it on to other children և adults. COVID-19 can cause serious illness in children, especially children with STIs, and in rare cases, death. As a result, preventive measures can be taken to prevent infection in both children and adults.
Is it possible for newborns to become infected with COVID-19?
In very rare cases, it is thought that women infected with the virus may pass the infection on to their children. Newborns can be infected at birth. Although there have been serious incidents, the majority of newborns who have been diagnosed with coronavirus have little or no symptoms and are recovering.
Symptoms of coronavirus in infants and children
Children can be exposed to varying degrees of severity. They may be asymptomatic or accidentally tested positive, mild, moderate և severe / critical illness. Some of the symptoms that children may experience are usually:
- Cough, cold ցավ sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Headaches և Muscle pain
- Digestive symptoms – vomiting, loose stools – abdominal pain
COVID-19 complications are more common in primary care children who have major health problems or disorders, such as obesity, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, or a weakened immune system.
When to see a doctor?
Most children have no or mild to moderate symptoms. These children do not need to see a doctor or go to the hospital. Kid caregivers should see a doctor if their child has any symptoms of COVID-19. Your doctor may advise you on symptoms that you should be careful about, as well as on treatment options at home. The child may also request a referral for COVID-19 testing in some places.
See a doctor right away if your child has any of the following symptoms:
- The child seems to be extremely ill
- They develop a rash.
- Their symptoms get better and then get worse.
- He recovered from COVID-19 but began to develop inflammatory symptoms such as rash, fever or bloodshot eyes.
Keeping children away from people who (or may) be infected with COVID-19, including family members, is the best way to prevent them from becoming infected. Here are three effective ways to keep your children healthy.
Maintaining social distance. The more children come in contact with your children, the longer they will be exposed to the coronavirus.
Wearing a maskAdults և Children should wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in public, especially when physical distance is impractical.
Washing hands. It is really possible to wash your hands. The ugana should be washed shortly after ingestion, sneezing, coughing or blowing the nose before eating (even snacks) կարճ Shortly after entering outside.
Parents should teach their children to wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. These actions can be taken by parents, caregivers, or other adults to prevent the spread of the virus and to reduce the risk of infecting the child.
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