NEW DELHI: Union government released comprehensive guidelines for the management of COVID-19 among children.
Issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the Health Ministry, the guidelines have given out necessary information for children's well-being.
Here is what you need to know;
- Steroids are recommended only in hospitalised moderately severe and critically ill COVID-19 that too under supervision. Self-medication of steroids should be avoided at all costs.
- Remdesivir, which is an emergency use authorisation drug, is not recommended in children.
- There should be rational use of High-resolution CT (HRCT) for seeing the extent and nature of lung involvement in COVID-19 patients. Physicians should be highly selective in ordering HRCT imaging of the chest.
- Antimicrobials have no role in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Therefore, antimicrobials are not recommended for therapy or prophylaxis while for moderate and severe cases.
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For children in general, the guidelines recommended;
- They should consume nutrient rich food items.
- Hospital admissions are not recommended unless the doctors says that it is needed based on the severity of the illness.
- For mild infection paracetamol 10-15mg/kg/dose may be given every 4-6 hours for fever.
- Do warm saline gargles to deal with throat infections.
- Children should continue following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing facemask, strict hand hygiene, physical social distancing, etc.
Guidelines recommended a six-minute walk test for children above 12 years under the supervision. And, necessary management must be taken in case of shocks or if children develop Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).