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Centre Releases Guidelines For COVID-19 Management In Children

BP World Bureau | Jun 10 2021 04:13:24 PM
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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;

  1. 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.
  2. Remdesivir, which is an emergency use authorisation drug, is not recommended in children.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Read: ICMR Approves Guidelines For COVID-19 Home-Testing: What To Know 

For children in general, the guidelines recommended; 

  1. They should consume nutrient rich food items. 
  2. Hospital admissions are not recommended unless the doctors says that it is needed based on the severity of the illness. 
  3. For mild infection paracetamol 10-15mg/kg/dose may be given every 4-6 hours for fever.
  4. Do warm saline gargles to deal with throat infections. 
  5. 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).