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Govt issues revised guidelines for management of COVID-19 in Children, recommends avoiding antivirals for children less than 18 years

Updated: January 22, 2022 12:42 pm

Health and Family Welfare Ministry has issued revised comprehensive guidelines for the management of COVID-19 in Children and Adolescents. The Ministry has recommended not to use antivirals or monoclonal antibodies for children less than 18 years of age irrespective of the severity of infection. It is also recommended that anticoagulants should not be used on regular basis.

The guidelines state that self-medication of steroids must be avoided and use of steroids are harmful in asymptomatic and mild cases of Covid-19. It further added that steroids must be given in hospitalized and critically-ill Covid-19 cases under strict supervision. It said, steroids should be used at the right time in the right dose and for the right duration. The guidelines mentioned that children with asymptomatic infection or mild disease should receive routine child care and eligible children should be administered appropriate vaccination.

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