Coronavirus so far does look more likely to attack adults. However, several cases of Coronavirus infection in infants have also been found. Therefore, preventive measures need to be taken to reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission in infants.
The virus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China, is thought to be transmitted by animals, but can also be transmitted between humans through saliva or phlegm that is released when people with COVID-19 stones or sneeze.
The Coronavirus is more susceptible to attack and causes fatal complications in people whose immune systems are weak, such as the elderly or those who are malnourished. Even so, the risk of Coronavirus infection in adults, pregnant women, and children also cannot be underestimated, mainly if Coronavirus infection occurs in infants.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Corona Virus in Infants
Symptoms of Coronavirus infection can vary from person to person. Some people with COVID-19 show mild signs or flu-like symptoms, but some sufferers experience severe symptoms due to pneumonia. These symptoms can occur within 2–14 days after exposure to the Coronavirus.
The symptoms of Coronavirus infection in infants are slightly different from the symptoms that appear in adults. In infants, Coronavirus infection can cause:
- Hard to breathe
- Not wanting to suckle or drink
- Limp and less active
If Mother and Father suspect the symptoms of the baby, try to detect whether your child is at risk of Coronavirus infection by clicking the following image.
How to Prevent Corona Virus in Infants
Until now, no drugs or vaccines have been found that can treat or prevent Coronavirus infection. However, there are various steps that Mother and Father can take to protect Little One from the Coronavirus, namely:
- Routinely give your child ASI, because breast milk contains many nutrients and antibodies that can protect babies from various diseases and infections.
- Keep your child away from people who are sick, especially those who are infected with the Coronavirus.
- Avoid your child from other infectious diseases that can reduce endurance while still completing necessary immunizations according to schedule.
- Wash your hands with soap and running water or hand sanitizer for 20 seconds before touching, holding, nursing, or feeding your child.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then immediately remove the fabric and wash your hands.
- Use a mask when you have a cough or runny nose.
Mother or father needs to quickly take your child to the doctor if he appears to have symptoms of Coronavirus infection, especially if there is a history of contact with people infected with the Coronavirus or travelling to areas that have experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks.
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If in doubt whether the symptoms experienced by Little lead to Coronavirus infection or not, Mother and Father can chat to doctors directly on the Alodokter application, as well as make a doctor’s appointment at the hospital through this application.