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Doctor Truong Huu Khanh: ‘Children infected with Omicron often have mild symptoms and recover quickly’

Suggestion: Caring for children with Covid-19

More than 200 questions were sent to VnExpress by readers seeking Dr. advice. Khanh on how to care for children with Covid-19. In response to readers, Dr. Khanh said:

Common symptoms: When infected with Covid-19, children often experience high fever, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, runny nose, sweating, vomiting, diarrhea in the first 2-3 days. At this time, the child may have a positive rapid test result, in some cases the rapid test will be negative, but there is still a possibility that the child has been infected and has the ability to spread. When using antipyretics, cough medicines, antiemetics, digestive enzymes, etc., the symptoms will gradually decrease and the child will recover.

How to care: Treatment of Covid-19 in children is also symptomatic. Parents need to stay calm and deal with the situation as it was when the child was sick before. Most children will recover from Covid-19 on their own. Observe your child’s symptoms and signs for timely intervention, such as medication. Especially for children under 5 years old who cannot take care of themselves, parents need to approach, encourage, let their children bathe and wash their hair with plain warm water. Make it comfortable for your child to eat, rest and drink plenty of water. Children can sleep in normal air-conditioned rooms.

If the child is breathing too fast, has seizures, purple lips, does not wake up, is lethargic, then take him to the doctor. Use medication only when your child has symptoms. Children with any symptoms should treat those symptoms, the most common being fever. Children with fever above 38.5 degrees Celsius are given antipyretic drugs, a dose of 10-15 mg multiplied by the child’s weight, use the dose for 4-6 hours, do not overdose. Children with persistent high fever who do not respond to medication can combine paracetamol and ibuprofen. Combine cold, skin-to-skin wipes with kids. Usually the fever will go away in 2-3 days. Children with diarrhea can be given digestive enzymes, clean guava leaf juice, ginger tea, drink lots of water, but don’t take anti-diarrhea medicine.

Post-Covid-19: Babies after recovering from illness but having fun, running and jumping healthy don’t need post-Covid checkup. Post-Covid-19 children do not have adult symptoms such as hair loss, shortness of breath, palpitations, etc., only multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). However, in children infected with the Omicron strain, this syndrome is almost absent. Therefore, parents should not be burdened by having to go to the doctor after contracting Covid. However, periodic child health checks can be carried out to monitor nutrition, vaccination schedules…

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