Latest guidelines for Covid management

Latest guidelines for Covid management : Government guidelines for Covid-19 management in children’s

Latest guidelines for Covid management

The government has released the guidelines for the COVID-19 management in children in the country.

  • Remdesivir is an emergency use authorisation drug and is not recommended in children.
  • The updated guidelines issued earlier this week also advocates for the rational use of HRCT imaging.
  • Similar to adults, children with obesity, diabetes, asthma or chronic lung disease, sickle cell disease, or immunosuppression might also be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Key point :

  • For a mild infection, for fever ; Paracetamol 10-15 mg/kg/dose may be given every 4-6 hours for fever and warm saline gargles, and throat soothing agents in older children or adolescents have been recommended for cough.

Guidelines for using masks by children :

  • Children aged 5 years and under should not be required to wear masks.
  • Children aged 6-11 years may wear a mask depending on their ability to use it safely and appropriately under direct supervision of parents or guardians.
  • Children’s having aged 12 years and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults; and should ensure hands are kept clean with soap and water, or an alcohol based hand rub, while handling masks.

Signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in children :

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Myalgia
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Poor appetite or poor feeding
Latest guidelines for Covid management

Asymptomatic and mild cases in children: Guidelines :

  • COVID-19 is a viral infection, and that antimicrobials have no role in the prevention or in the treatment of uncomplicated Coronavirus infection.
  • For mild or asymptomatic cases in children, the guidelines do not recommend antimicrobials for therapy.
  • On the other hand, for moderate or severe cases, antimicrobials for children must not be prescribed unless there is a clinical suspicion of superadded infection.
  • For asymptomatic infection in children, the guidelines by DGHS have recommended no specific medication and promoted only COVID-appropriate behaviour (strict hand hygiene, physical distancing, masks) and have suggested a nutritious diet.

Steroids are not indicated and are harmful in asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19

  • Indicated only in hospitalized moderately severe and critically ill COVID-19 cases under strict supervision.
  • Steroids should be used at the right time, in right dose and for the right duration.
  • Self-medication of steroids must be avoided.
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