There is a lot of conversation on social media about how the third COVID wave will take a toll on our children. A lot of fear is being spread amongst people and this is far from necessary. There is no scientific evidence or report that says third wave would affect children more than the first or second waves. But there is always a possibility that your child may fall sick with COVID. What do you do in such a situation?
There is no need to panic. Most children will recover quickly and without much medical intervention. Having said that, COVID positive children do need a lot of TLC when sick. For most children, the symptoms will include fever, runny nose and diarrhoea. Treat the fever and cold with Paracetamol. If your child suffers from diarrhoea, make sure you prevent dehydration. Use the ORS solution and have your child sip at it throughout the day to keep them hydrated.
Complications arise in some children in the second week. This could be in the form of very high fever, uncontrollable cough, body rashes, difficulty breathing and increased respiratory rate. These could be symptoms of Multi System Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS). If you feel your child is doing poorly, consult your doctor and take the child to a hospital for care and observation.
It is important that you also self isolate if you are taking care of a sick child. Do not forget to use proper protective equipment like gloves, face shield and masks when tending to your child. If you fall sick, it will be even harder to care for your child, so take all precautions.