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COVID in Children: Everything you need to know

Coronavirus variations, including the highly contagious omicron form, are spreading, especially in locations where community COVID-19 immunisation rates are low. To limit the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus, children who are too young to be vaccinated (and adults who have not had coronavirus immunizations) should adopt proven COVID-19 precautions such as wearing a mask when in public, indoor locations. Here we will know about COVID in Children.

Infants can become infected as soon as they are born. Most neonates who test positive for the coronavirus have minor or no symptoms and recover, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To avoid the coronavirus, pregnant women should take extra precautions, including talking to their doctor about acquiring a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID in Children and adults: Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Congestion or runny nose

Fever and cough are common COVID-19 symptoms in both adults and children; shortness of breath is more likely to be seen in adults. Children can have pneumonia, with or without obvious symptoms. They can also experience sore throat, excessive fatigue or diarrhea.

However, serious illness in children with covid is possible, and parents should stay alert if their child is diagnosed with, or shows signs of, the disease.

Parents or guardians should immediately seek urgent or emergency medical care if they notice these warning signs in a child:

  • Difficulty breathing or catching his or her breath
  • Inability to keep down any liquids
  • New confusion or inability to awaken
  • Bluish lips

The symptoms of this strain are very similar to the Delta variant which includes cold, cough, fever and body ache. However, “sickness” isn’t noticeable in the patients in this variant which offers a huge ray of hope as it showcases that the variant isn’t nearly as dangerous as the previous one. If parents test positive for Covid and have a child in their care, they should isolate themselves until 7 days after the symptoms disappear. This new regulation is different from the one government had released previously where the patients had to quarantine for 2 weeks.

Doctor Somashekhar reveals that if a mother has tested positive for the virus, she cannot pass it to the child through breastfeeding but she may pass it on since she is in such close contact with the child which is why wearing masks is highly recommended. Also, in order to curb the spread of the virus at home, parents should sanitise their hands, take a shower and follow appropriate sanitation procedures before contacting their children once they come back home from outside. This would help minimise the spread of the virus.

Ovum Hospital is ready for the fight against Covid as it is taking all the necessary precautions to make sure that the spread is contained. People accompanying the patients have been limited to one. If a potential mother is to be admitted to the hospital, it is made sure that she is tested. If she turns out to be positive, she is moved to the isolation ward for delivery where she is nursed one-on-one to make sure that the virus is contained. The child is also tested within 24 hours of delivery to make sure that s(he) isn’t positive. If the child is positive, provisions are made for it accordingly. We care about your well-being which is why we are the best children hospital in Bangalore.

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