Beware of Corona Virus Infection in Children

Although cases of Corona virus infection in children are relatively rare, parents still have to be aware of it. It is important for parents to recognize the precautionary steps and any symptoms that could indicate a child is infected with the Corona virus.

Corona virus infection, also known as COVID-19, is a disease that attacks the respiratory system. So far, most COVID-19 sufferers are adults. However, cases in children have also been reported, including in toddlers.

Recognize Symptoms of Corona Virus Infection in Children Because the symptoms of COVID-19 in children tend to be as mild as ordinary colds, or even can be asymptomatic. This is presumably because in children, the thymus gland involved in the body's immune system is still working optimally. Symptoms of a Corona virus infection that can appear in children include: - Fever - Cold - Sore throat or dry throat - Coughs - Hard to breathe In addition, symptoms of indigestion, such as vomiting and diarrhea, can also occur although it is very rare. Although generally mild, symptoms in children can also develop into septic shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome or acute respiratory failure which is very dangerous. If you suspect your child has symptoms or has just taken your baby to travel to a country affected by the Corona virus, such as China, South Korea, or Italy, you can try to detect whether your child is at risk of being infected with the Corona virus by clicking the image below. How to Prevent Corona Virus Infection in Children Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) has attacked tens of thousands of people in various countries and claimed thousands of lives. At present, there have also been confirmed 2 Indonesian citizens who have tested positive for COVID-19. The following are ways to prevent Corona or COVID-19 virus infections that parents can apply to children:

  1. Teach children to wash their hands properly Teach your child to wash hands with running water and soap, for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to wash all parts of the hand, including the back of the hand, between the fingers and the tips of the nails. Familiarize children to wash their hands regularly, especially before and after eating, after touching animals, and after coughing or sneezing. You can also provide a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60% in his school bag to use if there is no water and soap when washing your hands.

  2. Familiarize children using masks The use of masks can also prevent transmission of the Corona virus in children, although it is not as effective as the use of masks in sick people to prevent the spread of the disease to others. Choose a mask that is the right size for children and encourage your child to wear a mask when near people who are sick. Don't forget to teach him how to wear the correct mask and remind him to always wash your hands before and after touching the mask.

  3. Give children nutritious food Nutrient intake rich in vegetables and fruits high in beta carotene, such as carrots and oranges, is known to strengthen a child's immune system to fight infections, including Corona virus infections. In order to build strong immune system to prevent Corona virus infection in children, don't forget to fulfill their nutritional needs. In addition, make sure the food given to Little is cooked until cooked.

  4. Encourage children to exercise regularly Not only maintaining fitness, exercise can strengthen the body's resistance to fight infection. Therefore, encourage your child to exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes a day.

Choose a sport that your little one likes. Any exercise and anywhere, as long as it is done routinely and makes the little body active, can be an effective way to maintain his health and protect him from Corona virus infection. In addition to applying the methods above, also remind Your Little One to cover his mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and not to touch his eyes, nose, and mouth before washing his hands.

Prevention of Corona virus infection in children is actually the same as prevention in adults. However, protection of disease in children also needs to be supplemented by completing its immunization. Although there is no specific vaccination for the Corona virus, make sure your child gets basic immunizations that are complete and on schedule. In addition, as much as possible to avoid children traveling outside the home. This might make him feel bored, but limiting travel is very important to prevent him from transmitting the Corona virus. If your child shows flu symptoms and has a fever, you should let him rest at home. You can also make a doctor's appointment at the nearest hospital