COVID-19 Coronavirus for Babies and Toddlers?

by Khadija MAWHOUB

COVID-19 poses the greatest threat to the elders of our society, but what about the youngest? What Risks does Coronavirus for babies and toddlers?

Kindergartens and crawling courses are closed, visiting grandparents is also taboo, and playgrounds are a no-go. For the little ones, everyday life is no longer the same as before. Even toddlers are now learning how important it is to wash their hands; some already wear  self-made makeshift breathing protection . 

Double attention is also paid to baby’s hand hygiene. And cruising through the supermarket aisles with dad or mom in a shopping cart? No, that’s not a good idea right now. So they continue breastfeeding and playing at home. 

Despite all of the safety precautions in the family, there remains a slight queasy feeling of how a contagion with the Corona virus would go for young children and infants.

Are Babies and Toddlers at Risk Of Coronavirus?

The Robert Koch Institute does not evaluate an increased risk of serious illness for children and pregnant women:
No increased risk of a severe course of the disease has been reported in children so far. According to current knowledge from China, pregnant women do not appear to have an increased risk compared to non-pregnant women with the same health status.
There is also a new study from China, the country of origin of the corona virus, which shows that children are clearly less likely to get the Sars Cov 2 virus. On behalf of nature medicine, the scientist Sitang Gong and his colleagues from Guangzhou Medical University  examined the course of diseases in ten children aged between two months and 15 years .
The good news: there was no sign of pneumonia in any of the small patients. Seven of the ten children had a fever, but below 39 ° C.  No intensive medical care was necessary. One child even had no symptoms. The children were part of a sample of 3,174 adults and 745 children who had close contact with people suffering from the corona virus. Particularly unusual: The sample shows that only 1.3 percent of the children were infected (the ten patients from the study), but it caught 3.5 percent of the adults (111 people). This infected 2.7 times as many adults as children. So there is a clear difference.

How do I Protect Babies and Toddlers From Coronavirus? 

The same precautions apply to the youngest as to the grown-ups: keep your distance, avoid contacts and wash your hands regularly. The pediatrician Dr. med. Till Reckert explains:
In children, there are no “coronavirus symptoms”, only fever and cough. And small children have that up to eight times in winter. At the moment, the contact probabilities are crucial in order to be considered a risk patient. Of course, this criterion would no longer apply if it became more widespread … Ultimately, the best protection is to avoid crowds of people. Avoiding unnecessary visits to pediatric and adolescent practices also helps.

Conclusion

It is a small but helpful consolation that in most cases the disease would be mild for the youngest if infected. Because as much as we as parents would wish, there is no 100% protection. Let us hope that reports such as those from the first baby who probably died from the Corona virus or from a 5-year-old who was seriously ill with Corona remain the big exception.

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