Covid catching them young, infants as little as 8 months old rushed to Delhi hospitals | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The current wave of Covid-19 is sparing no one. City hospitals say they are getting infants as young as eight months old with severe symptoms of the disease, including persistent fever and pneumonia, necessitating admission.
Earlier, it was believed that Covid-19 in children was mostly harmless and moderate to severe symptoms, if any, were rare.

“We have eight children admitted to the hospital with severe symptoms of Covid-19 presently. One of them is eight months old. The others are also less than 12 years in age. They have high fever, pneumonia, dehydration and loss of taste, among others,” Dr Suresh Kumar, the medical director of Lok Nayak Hospital, told TOI.
At Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, too, doctors said some children had to be admitted due to Covid-19. In addition, Dr Dhiren Gupta, senior paediatrician at the hospital, added that he was getting 20-30 calls daily for tele and video consultation from families of children affected by the disease.
Dr Krishan Chugh, the director and head of the department of paediatrics at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, said treating children suffering from the infection was challenging as compared to the adults. “There are no paediatric wards for Covid-19 patients since there weren’t enough cases in this age group till about last year. Also, the medicines, for example anti-viral drug Remdesivir or steroids, cannot be used on them. We tend to manage such cases mostly by managing the symptoms like fever and cough and providing respiratory support, if needed,” he added.
In Haryana, the data shared by the state health department shows that of the 41,324 people who tested positive between March 15 and April 11, 3,445 (8%) were children below 10 years. The local authorities said less than 1% of the infected cases were children in the previous surge that had lasted from November 5 to December 12.
“We don’t really know the reason behind the surge in symptomatic cases of Covid-19 in children. Mutation in novel coronavirus in circulation may have a role to play in it,” said Dr Arun Gupta, senior paediatrician at Fortis Shalimar Bagh. He added that parents should be watchful of symptoms of the viral infection in children and consult a doctor.
There have been reports of deaths due to Covid in children, too, but in most cases they had pre-existing illnesses, doctors say.
In rare cases, serious complication or death due to Covid-19 can happen in children due to multi-inflammatory syndrome (MIS), a condition in which a patient has fever and inflammation in multiple organs, for example heart, lungs and brain, and high inflammatory markers. Doctors say acute onset of fever and symptoms such as seizures or altered sensorium could be a prominent presentation of MIS and timely intervention could save lives.



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