The Centre on Wednesday issued detailed guidelines for treating children with Covid, emphasising that most of the drugs used for adults are not recommended for kids. Medicines like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipitavir, doxycycline and Azithromycin prescribed to adult patients have not been tested on children, it said.
However, it allowed the restricted use of remedesivir . Once vaccines are approved for children, those with comorbidities and those having severe symptoms would be prioritised for inoculation, the guidelines said.
Children have less severe disease than adults. In the majority, the infection is asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. It is uncommom to have moderate to severe Covidbamong healthy children.
The government bcalled for a combined effort from the public and private sectors to increase facilities to treat children. A combined effort from the private and public sector is needed to handle any surge in the future after the withdrawal of the lockdown over the next three to four months. The basic principles of equity and dignity of care should be followed.
It suggested designating specific areas in Covid facilities for pediatric care, adding parents should be allowed to accompany the child. For children with multisystem inflamatory syndrome who test negative for acute Covid, care has to be provided by the existing pediatric facilities.