Young children are typically known as super transmitters of germs in respiratory infections such as the flu. Therefore, it is not surprising that they are also the main infecters of the Covid-19 virus. Although it is thought that in the early stages of coronavirus, children are not affected by this disease and are less likely to have serious diseases, according to the latest data, children are also adversely affected by the coronavirus.
PCR test can also be applied to children
The statement that “there is no contagious in children when symptoms of coronavirus infection are not seen” is not correct. Therefore, if there are Covid-19 positive individuals at home, the PCR test in children can be applied to all age groups from birth. If the parents have this infection, it should be kept in mind that these children may also be infected, even if there is no symptom in the children.
Pay attention to the symptoms!
While the cases of coronavirus in children still remain a mystery, when looking at the cases around the world, this disease can be seen in them with the following symptoms:
• Throat ache
• Runny nose – stuffy and cold
• Muscle pain
• Abdominal pain
• Chest pain
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
• Skin rashes
• Loss of taste and smell in the late period
In addition, it should not be forgotten that if symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, changes in consciousness, bruising on the lips and face, and a feeling of tightness in the chest are observed in children, it should be kept in mind that these findings should be evaluated urgently.
Can be life-threatening
Vitamin D is beneficial in protection
In studies conducted around the world so far, it has been observed that the vitamin D levels of those who have had Covid-19 lightly are higher than those who have had a heavy disease. For this reason, vitamin D can be given to children under the supervision of a doctor in terms of protection from Covid-19. It is known that vitamin C and zinc are also important in terms of protection. In addition, healthy nutrition, regular sleep, drinking plenty of water, getting fresh air, and doing physical activities appropriate to the daily age are among the preventive measures. Of course, masks, distance and hygiene rules should never be forgotten.
Viral infections can trigger asthma
Since the beginning of the coronavirus, one of the biggest fears is the issue of how children with asthma and bronchitis will be affected. Although it is still a mystery in this regard, there is a decrease in asthma attacks during the coronavirus process. It can be stated that only viral infections trigger asthma and similar pictures. It can be said that the mask set protects against viral infections and thus asthma attacks are reduced. In fact, in the spring, when the coronavirus was over, it was also among the discussions whether children should wear masks regularly.
In coronavirus, children should go to a doctor’s control
One of the most curious issues is the MIS-C syndrome that occurs in children exposed to Covid-19. Some children may have Covid-19 without symptoms, or the child may have mild symptoms when a family member is infected. Therefore, it is not known whether children who are not tested will have MIS-C. For this reason, children who are infected with family members, with mild symptoms or no symptoms, should be taken to the doctor’s control during the coronavirus infection process and immediately afterwards, and especially heart checks are required.
MIS-C can happen if there are infected family members
MIS-C syndrome is a disease that needs to be diagnosed with certain tests in the hospital and treatment should be started immediately. This problem may cause problems in the child’s coronary vessels and impair their heart functions. These patients should be followed up by pediatric health and diseases, pediatric cardiology, pediatric infectious diseases department specialists.
MIS-C symptoms can be mistaken for appendicitis
It is known that this problem is mistaken for appendicitis in children in the early stages. When the symptoms did not improve despite the removal of the appendicitis, MIS-C syndrome occurred. With early diagnosis and treatment, children can recover without any damage.
Therefore, attention should be paid to the following symptoms that occur 2-4 weeks after the coronavirus:
• High fever of 38 degrees and above for more than 24 hours
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain
• Body rash
• Respiratory problems
• Chapped lips
• Blood in the eye,
• Muscle-joint pains
• Skin peeling
Rules must be strictly followed in daycare centers
What tests should be given to children?
Another issue that is curious is whether children will be checked for antibodies after coronavirus. Antibodies are not routinely checked. It is not known whether a child who is not known to have had a coronavirus again will have a coronavirus. For this reason, there is no extra benefit for children in the routine of antibody testing. However, when there is suspicion of infection, PCR (throat and nose) test is also performed on children.
Everyone should be careful
In this process, parents should definitely have a PCR test when they see symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, flu, cold, and cold in themselves and in their children. Early diagnosis and early isolation are very important in this process. Whether or not there is a disease, attention should be paid to mask, distance and hygiene rules. If possible, it is necessary to stay away from collective environments and live in this way for a while. Everyone needs to be careful individually. Despite vaccinations, the rules should be followed without compromising. For this reason, it is important for every member of the society to apply all the rules correctly and completely in this process.