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Importance to boost your child immunity to fight the pandemic

16 September, 2021 Anuja Sahi

Before the pandemic hit the nation, nobody could have ever imagined anything like Coronavirus, which was going to change our lives in every manner. Hardly anyone could remain unaffected from the pandemic, be it rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy everyone was under the grasp of spreading the virus. However; the pandemic taught us too many things, the most important was that nobody is above nature calamities, and the second one was to enjoy our life in the way it has been given to us, no one, even the richest of rich knows when the life will take a turn, and we will meet the cruel twist of fate.

India, as a nation, like other countries, is still fighting from the pandemic, still mourning the loss of those who left us in the second wave. However, life has to move on and we have to remain prepared for upcoming news of the third wave, taking the nation under the control. Among other warning facts related to the third wave, is that the third wave is going to affect kids more than elders. However; there is no confirmed declaration related to this.

To stop the spread of the deadly virus, vaccination drive is running smoothly all over the nation, but the risk factors still exist with kids under the age of 18 for whom the vaccination is not available. 

Guidelines for child care during COVID-19 Third-wave

Even though we have not fully recovered from the second wave, many people in India are forecasting a third. However, considering that several other countries have experienced the third wave and that we were unprepared for the second, it will be sensible to plan for a third wave, whether it occurs or not.

Any virus tries to infect as many hosts as quickly as possible. This is the core nature of viruses’ existence and dissemination. The first wave affected the adults, while the second being crueler for young age and kids even. It is most important to know that it is possible for anyone to get affected with COVID-19- including children.

Are Children at higher risk?

Adults who have received the vaccine are currently doing better than those who have not. Antibodies have begun to emerge in the majority of fully vaccinated adults. This brings us to the fact that youngsters and immunocompromised individuals remain extremely vulnerable.

Currently, the COVID vaccine has not been found to be suitable for children under the age of 18, hence children can be considered at higher risk as compared to those vaccinated.

Ways to keep your kids safe:

Experts from various sources shared their views on how to protect your kids from the virus:

  • Parents will need to keep a close eye on their children and minimize visitors at home
  • Do not leave the house with your kids
  • Make sure your children wear masks, sanitize their hands occasionally, and maintain a social distance at home.
  • Parents should ensure their children eat a healthy, balanced diet. When it comes to your child’s nutrition, try to include all of the vital nutrients, since this will help them strengthen their immunity.
  • Make it a point for your children to exercise at home
  • After a given period of time, parents should strive to disinfect commonly touched objects such as door handles, faucets, furniture keys, wallets, and worktops.
  • Teach your children about the importance of personal hygiene
  • Do not neglect any symptoms in your kids similar to the coronavirus.

Recommended immunity boosters

Boosting immunity is the new obsession. Immunity boosters for children and adults have been recommended by health experts to keep our immune systems strong.

Some of the potential immunity boosters include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc Supplements
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

Let us discuss some of the important FAQ’s

Q1.Is the third wave going to affect children the most?

A: There has not been any documented evidence that the third wave is truly more deadly to children, except from rumours and suspicions. Experts have even refuted such assertions, citing evidence that shows youngsters have milder illnesses, a shorter prognosis, and a lower fatality rate than adults. Parents should maintain their composure and avoid behaving confused and much worried.

Q2.What are some of the common symptoms to watch out for in children?

A: The prevalence of symptoms varies by age group, while some of the more prevalent ones can also be found in youngsters. This includes symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and exhaustion. Apart from this, children have been observed to have gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach ache on a rather regular basis. Organ inflammation can affect children with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, digestive system, blood vessels, skin, eyes, and even the brain.

Q3. What are the ways to take care of children if parents are infected by the virus?

A: The child should be kept in isolation, away from parents. Proper sanitization all over the house should be properly maintained, and children and parents should remain in masks all the time.