The Centre has released comprehensive guidelines for the treatment of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in children, which prohibit the use of the antiviral remdesivir, recommend an HRCT scan only if symptoms worsen, and only prescribe basic anti-fever and throat smoothing agents for mildly symptomatic cases. The instructions were released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Directorate General of Health Services, which is the technical arm of the ministry. “There are insufficient safety and efficacy evidence for remdesivir in children under the age of 18 years. HRCT chest to be done ONLY if symptoms worsen…,” according to the guidelines released on Wednesday.
In addition, steroids and anticoagulants should only be provided in a hospital under close medical care. “Use caution and consult the recommendations for corticosteroids aand anticoagulants,” it said.
Infants and younger children should be kept under the immediate supervision of their parents or guardians, according to the recommendations. Although no special medication is needed to treat the infection, children should continue to take their prescriptions for any other diseases they may have. The infected must rigorously adhere to Covid’s guidelines (mask, strict hand hygiene, physical distancing).