Cough, Cold, Fever, Bodyache, Vomiting Diarrhoea, Lethargy, symptoms of Covid infection in children: Dr. Khalid Yousaf:

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Covid positive mothers can breast-feed children under SoPs;
Altaf Hamid Rao;

MIRPUR (Parliament Times):  Illustrious doctor of family medicines Dr. Khalid Yousaf  Saturday said that   general observation appeared during the first wave of Covid pandemic that children were least affected and were asymptomatic or having mild symptoms, but in the prevailing  second spell of the pandemic children were also reportedly found infected – particularly in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir State (IIOJK) which demonstrates the severity of the infection”, while speaking about the impact covid19 pandemic on the children.  At the same time Dr. Khalid strongly  advised to the people of all age groups to get vaccinated and said that there is no need to worry for mild reactions. He called for avoiding social gathering and following SoP guidelines.

Talking to our special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao on prevailing COVID-19-riddled State of Jammu and Kashmir  here he said that Cough, Cold, Fever, Body ache and Diarrhea were  the symptoms of Covid infection among children in IIOJK.  “Oxygen saturation of children should be above 94. However,  the  O2 saturation reading between  94 to 90 is a  symptom of mild infection and below it indicates severity of infection”, Dr. Khalid, Executive Director of fully-equipped state-of-the-art Jinnah Hospital in the lake city of Mirpur, AJK.

He continued that as a result of  severe infection a child becomes lethargic, vomits and  gets diarrhea. Sometimes children get convulsions and shock due to infection”, said Dr. Khalid while sensitizing parents to monitor symptoms of their children. Monitor and check whether a child is breathing, responding normally or has become lethargic, he advised.

Dr. Khalid further strongly advised that the infectious children should be kept in isolation and administered immunity boosters including vitamins and zinc besides a paracetamol tablet. “In a condition of severe symptoms a child should be hospitalized.”, he suggested.

To a question, Dr. Khalid underlined that Covid vaccination for children was not allowed because the issue is under trial, yet.  However, he underlined that  USA had allowed vaccination for children above 12 year olds just a day before but still covid vaccination for children has not been permitted in other countries till now, the well-acquainted doctor of family medicines underlined. Responding to a question about the breastfeeding, Dr Khalid said  that Covid positive mother can breastfeed child while properly following SOPs particularly with wearing face mask and sanitizers applied on hands after washing.

Besides, other routine immunization to children after their covid infection can be given two weeks after the child becomes asymptomatic. However, if the child has received steroids or tocilizumab then routine immunization should be deferred by 3 months, he advised. Dr. Khalid further strongly advised that children should be kept away from elderly people because old age people were prone to get covid infection besides high morbidity risk to them.