Top Pediatrician Shares ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for Parents


No blood test is required for children during Covid 19

The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has parents concerned about the health of their children, especially the younger ones, as they are one of the most vulnerable groups without vaccines. Although the government has started vaccinating children, it is currently limited to the 15-18 age group. To address parental anxiety, Dr. Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Pediatrician at Apollo Hospitals Group, shared a video with “Dos and Don’ts” for parents when their children are sick this winter season.

Here you are:

1. A sore throat or an itchy throat is common at this time of year. Some children even get a cough. Many children develop a fever that can reach 103 degrees. The fever usually subsided by the third day. Some children complain of body aches and some nausea.

2. By the fourth day, most children feel a lot better.

3. There is no need to have the chest CT scan done. They don’t want children exposed to radiation.

4. There is no need to have a blood test done. So save your kids from this pinprick and discomfort.

5. Paracetamol tablets can be given for fever and body aches. Do not self-medicate beyond paracetamol.

6. Contact a pediatrician who should decide on examinations and treatments individually and on a case-by-case basis.

7. If you have a teenager between the ages of 15 and 18 who has not been vaccinated, get him or her vaccinated as soon as possible.

8. If a teenager develops Covid, wait before having him or her vaccinated. A three-month break is a reasonable period for vaccination, but guidelines are subject to change.

9. Make sure your child adheres to Covid-appropriate behavior. Remember: A fitting N95 mask is desirable, frequent hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer should be the norm and social distancing is now a way of life.

10. Be careful, be alert. But don’t panic, said Dr. Anupam Sibal. “This too shall pass”.

Watch the video of Dr. Anupam Sibal to:

India has been recording more than two lakh Covid-19 cases a day for the past few days. On Saturday, the country recorded 2.68 lakh cases, with the daily test positivity rate hitting 16.66 percent.

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