Govt issues guidelines on Covid in children; suggests rational use of CT scan, discourages Remdesivir

Comprehensive guidelines for the administration of Covid-19 amongst kids have been issued by the central authorities in which Remdesivir has not been beneficial and rational use of HRCT imaging has been prompt.

The guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) beneath the well being ministry mentioned that steroids are dangerous in asymptomatic and gentle circumstances of an infection.

On Steroids

The DGHS beneficial steroids solely in hospitalised reasonably extreme and critically in poor health Covid-19 circumstances beneath strict supervision.

“Steroids should be used at the right time, in the right dose and for the right duration. Self-medication of steroids must be avoided,” it mentioned.

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About the use of Remdesivir

The Centre guidelines mentioned Remdesivir, an emergency use authorisation drug, isn’t beneficial in kids.

“There is lack of sufficient safety and efficacy data with respect to Remdesivir in children below 18 years of age,” the guidelines mentioned.

On CT scans

The guidelines prompt rational use of High-resolution CT (HRCT) for seeing the extent and nature of lung involvement in sufferers with Covid-19.

“However, any additional information gained from HRCT scan of the chest often has little impact on treatment decisions, which are based almost entirely on clinical severity and physiological impairment.”

“Therefore, treating physicians ought to be extremely selective in ordering HRCT imaging of the chest in COVID-19 sufferers,” the guidelines mentioned.

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For asymptomatic and mild cases

Guidelines said Covid-19 is a viral infection, and antimicrobials have no role in the prevention or treatment of uncomplicated Covid-19 infection.

For asymptomatic and mild cases, the guidelines said antimicrobials are not recommended for therapy or prophylaxis while for moderate and severe cases, antimicrobials should not be prescribed unless there is clinical suspicion of a superadded infection.

Hospital admission increases the risk of healthcare-associated infections with multidrug-resistant organisms.

For asymptomatic infection among children, the guidelines recommended no specific medication and promoted Covid-appropriate behaviour (mask, strict hand hygiene, physical distancing) and suggested giving nutritious diet.

The guidelines said that for mild infection, paracetamol 10-15mg/kg/dose may be given every 4-6 hours for fever and throat soothing agents, and warm saline gargles in older children and adolescents have been recommended for cough.

For moderate and severe cases

In the case of moderate infection, the guidelines suggest initiating immediate oxygen therapy.

“Corticosteroids should not required in all kids with reasonable sickness; they could be administered in quickly progressive illness and anticoagulants might also be indicated,” the guidelines said.

For severe Covid-19 among children, the guidelines said if Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) develops, necessary management to be initiated.

“In case shock develops, needed administration ought to be initiated. Antimicrobials to be administered if there’s proof/robust suspicion of superadded bacterial an infection. May want organ assist in case of organ dysfunction, e.g. renal substitute remedy,” it said.

The guidelines also recommended a six-minute walk test for children above 12 years under the supervision of parents/guardians.

“It is a straightforward medical take a look at to evaluate cardiopulmonary train tolerance and is used to unmask hypoxia. Attach a pulse oximeter to his/her finger and ask the kid to stroll in the confines of their room for six minutes constantly,” it mentioned.

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