Dr. Mohamed Ata Hendaus-Rahal
Learn how to distinguish in case your child has a chilly, flu, or COVID-19? The Peninsula talked to an knowledgeable on the difficulty.
Senior Guide and Senior Attending in Educational Basic Pediatrics at Sidra Drugs, Dr. Mohamed Ata Hendaus-Rahal mentioned it is vitally difficult to distinguish between a chilly or COVID-19 particularly if the signs are gentle.
Current research present that in contrast with the Delta variant, Omicron is inflicting milder sickness in youngsters.
“The medical administration might be virtually the identical and may embrace antipyretics and improve in fluid consumption. Then, a wholesome little one can combat the an infection. In extreme circumstances, a extra complete work up may be warranted, however solely in a medical facility,” he defined.
Antipyretics is a substance that reduces fever. Among the many frequent over-the-counter medicine are Panadol, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen.
Making an allowance for what a mum or dad ought to do if his little one is constructive with COVID-19, Dr. Hendaus-Rahal mentioned: “gentle to reasonable COVID-19 an infection could be handled at house with antipyretics and fluid consumption.”
He additionally beneficial that members within the family ought to put on masks and observe frequent hand washing to keep away from an infection of the entire household.
“In case of respiratory misery, lack of oral consumption or wanting in poor health, we suggest looking for medical recommendation. If the kid has continual illnesses, then the specialist doctor ought to be contacted,” he defined.
If the kid was identified through an antigen take a look at, Dr. Hendaus-Rahal beneficial that the household ought to notify the authorities and the varsity for higher management of the pandemic.
If the kid examined constructive and will solely require house isolation due to gentle signs, he beneficial the next: for fever, Panadol and Ibuprofen could be taken supplied the kid doesn’t have allergic reactions to these drugs.
Additionally, regular saline drops or spray to scrub the nostril in case of runny nostril and utilization of masks for older youngsters.
Hand sanitizer ought to be used, social distancing, and the home ought to have a correct air flow.
For extreme circumstances and respiratory misery, lack of oral consumption or wanting in poor health, “we suggest looking for medical recommendation.
Lately, Hamad Medical Company designated the Al Wakra Pediatric COVID-19 Middle in Al Wakra Hospital campus as a therapy facility for kids with COVID-19 who require hospital admission.
On January 9, the Ministry of Public Well being has authorized the administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccines for kids aged 12 to fifteen. In Could 2021, it authorized the COVID-19 vaccines, and knowledge reveals that 9 out of ten youngsters within the nation have obtained two doses of the vaccine.
Dr. Hendaus-Rahal narrated that top vaccination charges have been related to much less dreaded illness, and vaccines stay an environment friendly imply in direction of ending the pandemic.
“Pausing the unfold on the supply and vaccination stay essential. Receiving a booster shot will improve the immunity towards the Omicron. Recurrently used precautions employed for the reason that starting of the pandemic ought to be strictly adopted.
“These measures embrace bodily distancing, avoiding closed locations or crowds, carrying a face masks or face protect, and cleansing arms ceaselessly. By decreasing the quantity of viral transmissibility, the chances of a brand new variant rising are low,” Dr. Hendaus-Rahal concluded.
Dr. Mohamed Ata Hendaus-Rahal is the Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Deputy Chairperson of the Institutional Board evaluate at Sidra Drugs. He has revealed quite a few research in reputed journals, and his work has been introduced in most prestigious worldwide conferences together with the Academy of Pediatrics Nationwide Convention & Exhibition, and the Canadian Pediatric Society.