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Cases of Covid and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) rising among kids, report doctors

Covid is back and, apart from adults, this time it is affecting kids a lot more than before. The common symptoms found among kids infected with Covid include high fever, cough and itchy eyes and even conjunctivitis in some cases.

Initially, Covid was mild in children. But it is not the case right now. It was also observed that Covid infected children are also facing severe multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS). MIS is a condition in which different body parts can become inflamed, like heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.

During an interaction with media, Dr. Vipin M. Vashishtha, member of WHO's Vaccine Safety Net, said, “Most children were presented with moderate fever, cold and mild cough with features of bronchitis. The one differentiating feature is conjunctivitis, not seen in previous waves, especially here.”

Dr. Krishan Chugh, Director and head of the department of pediatrics at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, told IANS, “children, mainly of "school-going age, are increasingly being affected with fever and throat pain since the last two weeks".

Doctors are suggesting to use masks, maintain social distance, and wash hands regularly. Doctors have also revealed that along with Covid, cases of the Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among young kids are also on the rise, which is a highly contagious virus leading to respiratory infections.

According to doctors, RSV is highly contagious and spreads through contact with droplets from the nose or throat of an infected person. It can also spread by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The symptoms of RSV include fever, cough, running or stuffy nose, breathing problems, sore throat, earache, and headache.

Dr. Roli Munshi, Consultant - Pediatrics at Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital Delhi, told media, “Prevention is the key to dealing with this. Prevention includes frequent hand washing, avoiding contact with people who have respiratory infections, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, keeping infants and young children away from crowds and people with respiratory infections, and vaccination for those at high risk.”

The doctors also suggest that children who are infected by RSV must take rest, take fluids along with fever-reducing medications, over-the-counter cold and cough medications, humidifiers or saline nasal drops. For sever cases, oxygen therapy or mechanical ventilation may require. If your child is experiencing any of the symptom, it is advisable to consult his/her pediatrician immediately.

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