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Children and COVID-19: Here’s What Parents Need to Know | Coronavirus

According to the Government of CanadaOn top of that, you need to know more about it. (New window)On top of that, you need to know more about it., people under 19 are the second age group hardest hit by COVID in the country. This is 19.1% of all cases in Canada, slightly above the 20-29 age group. The latter accounts for 19.9% ​​of all cases before Monday.

The Ontario Coroner’s Office announced Monday morning that it is investigating the death of a 13-year-old girl infected with COVID-19 who died suddenly in Brampton.

A 13-year-old girl who contracted COVID-19 died on the outskirts of Toronto last week.

Photo: CBC / Jessica Doria-Brown

In accordance with CBC News, eight Canadians under the age of 19 have died from COVID. Three of these deaths occurred in Ontario.

In August last year, a 19-year-old young man from the Montreal area died due to COVID-19. In November, a boy under 10 from the Winnipeg area became the youngest victim of the disease in Manitoba.

Radio-Canada surveyed two pediatric infectious disease specialists to find out what parents need to know about COVID-19 in children.


Are children at greater risk due to varieties of coronavirus?

Deaths of people under 18 in Canada persist super rareaccording to Dr. Caroline Kwach-Thanh, pediatrician, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at the University of Mother and Child Saint-Justine Hospital Center.

Caroline Quach, pediatrician, infectious disease microbiologist at CHU Sainte-Justine.

Caroline Quach-Thanh is a pediatrician, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at CHU Sainte-Justine. She is also a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology at the University of Montreal.

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So far, the vast majority, if not all, have had comorbidities.she explains.

The variant that was found in the UK, although more contagious, does not appear to be at greater risk of complications in young children. This variant, like others, is transmitted better in children than the inherited strain, probably because we need a lower viral load to transmit it.

Quote from:Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh, Pediatrician, Microbiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist, Saint-Justine University Hospital Center for Mother and Child

Dr. Kuanch-Thanh admits that the more infected children, the more likely we will see complications such as MISC, childhood multisystem inflammatory syndromes

For her part, infectious disease specialist and pediatrician Fatima Kakkar points out that less than ten deaths were listed in over 200,000 cases of COVID in children who have been identified in Canada.

However, Dr.Kakkar says that she is currently seeing more respiratory symptoms in young children than she had seen before the third wave.

However, she claims that when she sees a young patient who has complications from the disease, they children who already have concomitant diseases… She adds that frequency [des cas] in children has increased because the prevalence in the community has increased, so we see more cases like this

What should parents beware of their sick children and how should they react?

Dr. Fatima Kakkar.

Dr. Fatima Kakkar is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at CHU Mère-Enfant Sainte-Justine and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Fatima Kakkar

Dr. Fatima Kakkar, also an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal, believes that the reaction of parents who monitor the symptoms of illness in children depends on the age of the child.

Older children, including adolescents, usually have the fewest symptoms.– says a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases.

If respiratory symptoms develop or if the child is very tired and does not want to wake up even to eat or drink, this is the place to go to the emergency room immediately.

Quote from:Dr. Fatima Kakkar, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Saint-Justine University Hospital Center for Mother and Child

A newborn who is less than 30 days old, with an increase in body temperature, must be immediately taken to intensive care. We are not waitingDr.Kakkar warns. She points out that the first signs of COVID-19 in a newborn baby, in the fact that he does not eat and loses weight. There you need to see a doctor immediately

As for infants, that is, children between the ages of one and thirty months, The first clinical sign for which you should see a doctor is refusal to drink. The vast majority of babies will have a fever with COVID, but as soon as they have difficulty drinking or breathing becomes louder and harder, it’s time to see a doctor.

The pediatrician adds that if the baby does not want to wake up and sleeps too much, it is also necessary to consult a doctor.

Should parents be worried about their children during this time?

According to Dr. Kakkar, the death of a 13-year-old Ontario girl with COVID is tragic, but it doesn’t have to be. don’t panic among Canadian parents.

Hospitals are accepting patients throughout the country, she said. Children’s hospitals and pediatric emergency departments are not overcrowded. I do not want people to be shy about contacting pediatricians, because if we leave too much time before consultations, it can cause problems.

For her part, Dr. Kvach-Thanh reminds parents that they should trust their clinical instinct when it comes to the health of their young people.

We are the person who knows our child best and we know when he is unwell.– she advises.

For an expert, if the child can still eat and drink, is in a good mood, the fever subsides with Advil or Tylenol, and has no difficulty in breathing, let him or her at home

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