One of the concerns about the prevalence of coronavirus in different parts of the world is how it affects infants, children, and pregnant women. Many researchers have done various studies and researches on this issue. In this post, we will share the results of the latest Coronavirus research in infants and children. And we’ll see how it affects them compared to other age groups. We also provide some tips and strategies for protecting infants and children against coronavirus. be with us.
Part One: The latest information on the risk of coronavirus infection in infants and children
Is it possible for the infant and children to be infected with the coronavirus?
The virus that causes COVID-19 has many unknowns. One of the unknowns is the danger that threatens newborns or pregnant women and the extent to which the virus will affect the body of this group of people. As of now, all people are likely to be infected by the coronavirus, regardless of their age, although the number of infants and children with the disease is less than others. Overall, the number of deaths can only be fatal in rare cases, and most of the casualties are in the elderly who have a background in other diseases.
Does breastfeeding a mother with the disease have the risk of transmitting coronavirus in infants?
Mothers who have coronavirus symptoms, including cough, fever, or shortness of breath, should seek medical help from a health professional as soon as possible.
There are two important things to breastfeed: First, breast milk is very useful for the baby; More importantly (of course, given the prevalence of coronavirus), infants are less likely to transmit respiratory-related viruses through breast milk. Therefore, we can conclude that the mother can continue to breastfeed her baby with appropriate health and preventive measures.
Breastfeeding mothers who have signs of the disease should:
- Use a mask in their vicinity (for example, when trying to breastfeed)
- Wash hands before and after contact with infants
- Keep all surfaces touching permanently clean and disinfected
If the mother’s illness becomes severe, she can take her milk and give it to her baby with a clean cup or spoon.
Is it possible that the coronavirus is transmitted from a pregnant woman to a fetus?
Another risk associated with coronavirus in infants is the likelihood of the virus transmitting from a pregnant woman to a fetus; Is there such a possibility? Unfortunately, no precise information is currently available; So it cannot be said with certainty whether the fetus is infected or not; Even the potential impact of maternal illness on the fetus’s body cannot be speculated with certainty. Investigations are still ongoing.
The only definite point is that pregnant women, like other people, should take preventive measures and reduce the risk of coronavirus as much as possible; They should also seek medical attention immediately if they see symptoms.
Part Two: Tips and Additional Information
Unknown about Coronavirus symptoms
Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the main symptoms of coronavirus, But are the symptoms just that? To answer this question, it must be admitted that there is still insufficient and accurate information on the severity of the symptoms and whether or not there are any other symptoms. The only thing we know is that the severity of the symptoms of the disease varies dramatically for those with it; This means that some people with coronavirus have minor symptoms, while others are heavily involved. But in the absence of detailed information about the symptoms of coronavirus, what can parents do to keep their children and infants at risk? We will go on.
Work done by parents to take care of children
If you have a newborn baby and may be at risk of having a coronavirus infection in your baby, Keep and store cough syrup, acetaminophen, and other infant medicines. Baby nappies, wipes, baby creams or ointments, and more can be bought and kept at home.
Keep in mind and follow some of the tips below:
- If your child experiences these symptoms, take them to an expert; But do not forget that we are in the cold season of the year and the signs can tell just a simple cold
- Don’t forget to vaccinate your baby properly and wash your hands frequently
- Avoid taking children to busy areas and public transport services
How does the Coronavirus spread? How to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection in infants and children?
It seems that the coronavirus is transmitted primarily through contact with the infected person. Exposure to particles coming from the mouth of such a person through sneezing or coughing, contact with contaminated surfaces and exposure to infected persons are the most important and main ways of transmitting coronavirus. The spread of the disease is largely similar to the flu, so all influenza-related health and preventive measures must be taken to prevent coronavirus.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and ask your children to do the same. If you are worried about the risk of Coronavirus infection in infants, stay home as much as possible. If you have symptoms (or your child has them), you still need to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus.
Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing (With a napkin or your arm). Clean and disinfect the different surfaces of the home and avoid touching your mouth or nose if you have to go somewhere.
The risk of transmitting coronavirus in infants and children is lower than in other age groups
The good news for parents is that according to information available so far, the coronavirus does not affect infants and children as much as other age groups. It is not clear, however, whether a child or infant with coronavirus, who has no signs of illness, will carry the virus or not. Older people, especially men, are at greater risk of developing coronavirus than others. Of course, the small risk to children and infants does not mean that we do not comply with health and preventive measures and considerations; Again, we emphasize that hands should be washed with soap and water at all times and that children should beware of this important action.
Part Three: Facts about the Coronavirus
The following are some definitive facts and information about the disease. We hope that by getting to know them better, you can more effectively prevent and care for your infants and children.
The coronavirus is highly contagious
Coronavirus is highly contagious, as we have seen so far. This virus has a long incubation period. Some people with it have mild symptoms (or no symptoms at all); For this reason, they safely resume their daily lives, go to work and shop, without knowing about the disease.
According to one researcher, in an interview with The Atlantic magazine, between 40% and 70% of people worldwide will be infected with coronavirus by next year, with the additional explanation that in most cases, the severity of the disease and symptoms will be moderate.
You see, the coronavirus can sometimes be uninvited and invade people without any specific signs. It is best to stay away from public and crowded places to take care of your children and prohibit them from attending classrooms unless you are sure of all the tips in the school.
Wearing a mask may not help prevent the spread of the virus
Use of the mask is only necessary for those who have symptoms of respiratory illness (cough and sneezing): This is to prevent the outbreak and infect others; otherwise, there is no need to wear a mask. There is no plausible evidence that the use of a mask can prevent the spread of the disease. Another need to use a mask relates to a condition where a family member has a coronavirus; In this situation, he must wear a mask to prevent other family members from being infected.
Media bombing over Coronavirus drives more serious threats to the sidelines
What are the more serious threats? Excessive mental involvement with the coronavirus and related news can make us unaware of the possibility of dangerous diseases such as the flu. A disease that can particularly affect children. In the United States since the beginning of winter, 16,000 people have died of the flu, and a total of 280,000 have been hospitalized. In many countries, therefore, the flu remains a far more serious threat than the coronavirus. If you haven’t tried to inject your child’s flu vaccine for any reason, do it as soon as possible.
Research on the risk of coronavirus infection in infants and children and how the disease affects them is still ongoing. It has been shown so far that the risk of coronavirus in young children is lower than in other age groups. Even based on the results of past research, we are aware that the risk of infectious viruses transmitted through breast milk to the baby is very low; So mothers who have symptoms of the disease can continue breast-feeding their baby with due regard for health considerations. Of course, these observations are not limited to mothers and infants, and we will all be obliged to prevent them.