Note: Do not steam children with COVID-19

Note: Do not steam children with COVID-19
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On March 3, 2022, the Ministry of Health issued Decision 528/QD-BYT guiding home care for children with COVID-19.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Health notes when caring for children with COVID-19 at home as follows:

- Do not arbitrarily use anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory drugs... without medical staff's instructions.

- Do not steam children .

In addition, drug guidelines for children with COVID-19 are as follows:

- Antipyretic drugs when the temperature is ≥ 38.50 C: Paracetamol dose 10-15 mg/kg/time (oral or rectal, at least 4-6 hours if need to repeat again (or use dose according to age, limb) detailed in the Appendix); Note that the total dose should not exceed 60 mg/kg/day.

- Drugs to balance electrolytes when dehydrated (due to high fever, diarrhea, fatigue): Encourage children to drink lots of water, can use juice or Oresol (mix and use according to instructions), if children do not If you want to drink Oresol, you can replace it with cooled boiled water or juice.

Do not use industrial soft drinks (not made from fruit) to rehydrate.

In addition, symptomatic medications can be used when necessary:

- Cough: Can use cough suppressants (preferably herbal medicines).

- Nasal congestion, runny nose: nasal spray, nasal drops with 0.9% sodium chloride solution.

- Diarrhea: probiotics, digestive enzymes.

For details, see Decision 528/QD-BYT , effective from March 3, 2022.

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