Govt issues guidelines for children with COVID-19, prohibits use of Remdesivir

Wearing of masks for children below the age of five have also been made unnecessary.


The Union government has made recommendations in the guidelines which strictly forbids the use of Remdesivir in children infected with COVID-19 and, wearing of masks for children below the age of five have been made unnecessary.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that there is a lack of sufficient safety and efficacy data about the use of Remdesivir in children under the age of 18.  

Comprehensive guidelines for the management of COVID-19 in children below 18 years have been issued by the DGHS. In the guidelines, an emergency use authorization of drug Remdesivir has not been recommended for children in the guidelines.

DGHS also said that children with asymptomatic and mild due to the virus will not require lab investigations. It will be needed in moderate and severe cases only.

Rational use of a high-resolution computed tomography(CT) scan of the chest has been recommended for the patient, however, the use of high-resolution CT scan has only been advised in an event where the condition worsens.

The Directorate has also warned of self-medication of steroids as the use of steroids is harmful, in asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19. Steroids must be used at the right time in the right dose under strict supervision in hospitalized moderately severe and critically ill cases in children.

(Edited by Marvin Kharsohnoh)

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