Specialist at the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo Dr. Channa de Silva says children infected with COVID-19 should be treated at home, only under medical supervision.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Dr. de Silva said children under the age of two and children with chronic illnesses should be admitted to a treatment centre if they test positive for the virus.
Dr. De Silva said if a child is being monitored at home parents must inform the area Medical Officer of Health or register by contacting 1390.
He noted that parents should not reach the decision to treat children at home.
While claiming that complications of COVID-19 in children cannot be ruled out, Dr. de Silva said chances of children catching pneumonia and other complications is less than 1%.
However, the Specialist added children being treated for long term illnesses should not be treated at home.
Specialist Dr. Channa de Silva also explained the procedure to be followed when COVID-infected children are being treated at home.
He said the virus has no known cure, adding a child’s immune system will begin to fight the virus.
Dr. de Silva claimed that parents must not administer any western medication without medical advice, adding that providing paracetamol if a mild fever is prevalent is acceptable, based on the child’s weight.
He also requested parents to allow children to engage in their usual indoor activities without overly exerting themselves.