- Theorizing the possible impact on young children due to the upcoming waves.
- The COVID vaccine will protect the growing fetus and newborn from fatal illness in pregnant women.
- Children’s mortality rates are now lower than adults.
- A senior pediatrician discussed on Wednesday about the impact of COVID-19 on children as well as the necessity to protect them.
The Director of the Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi Dr. Praveen Kumar stated that people think that subsequent waves may have a greater impact on children as most adults will be vaccinated by next months, but there is now no authorized vaccine for children.
So, he said that we need to safeguard children against the virus. Even if people are unaware of the fact that how it will act and harm children in the future. Adults in the house should practice COVID-Appropriate Behavior and restrict their social interactions to decrease the risk of infection because they may carry and spread the virus to others. Furthermore, all adults should receive vaccinations, which will safeguard children to a large extent.
While talking about the impact on children’s mental and physical health due to the pandemic, he replied as they have been restricted to their homes for almost a year children may show psychological discomfort in a variety of ways.
He said each kid will behave in a unique way. Some may become deafeningly quiet, while others may become agitated and hyperactive.
Kumar further said, “Caregivers need to be patient with children and understand their emotions. Look for signs of stress in young children, which could be excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, and difficulty with attention and concentration. Families also need to support children to cope with stress and also allay their anxiety”.
With a good news, Dr. Kumar said pregnant women and nursing moms will now get the vaccination. The growing fetus and newborn will be protected to some extent from the fatal illness as a result of this.
According to the NCDC/IDSP dashboard, the second wave has had an equivalent impact on children. Patients under the age of 20 were responsible for about 12% of infected COVID.
However, in the second wave, the number of infected children was also higher than in the first wave. Whereas children’s mortality rates are now lower than adults.
The second wave was able to handle successfully by increasing the number of specialized beds for Covid-infected children, Kumar said on the obstacles he encountered in treating pediatric patients.
He went on to say that multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) is a relatively recent condition that affects children and adolescents (0-19 years of age). The majority of patients report it two to six weeks following the afflicted population’s COVID-19 infection peak.
Advanced studies are necessary to establish the diagnosis of MIS-C. All suspected patients should be sent to a tertiary care hospital with an HDU/ICU capacity and handled there.