The document is titled “Home care guidelines for children and Advisory for AYUSH Practitioners about prophylactic care in Children during the Covid-19 Pandemic”.
“Though infection is generally mild in children than in adults and most of the children with Covid-19 infection may not require any specific treatment. It has been observed that the prophylaxes (preventive treatment) is the best approach to save children from this deadly virus,” the 58-page document of the ministry said.
Usage of masks, doing Yoga, preventive healthcare through Ayurvedic medicines and nutraceuticals, opting for teleconsultations, monitoring for five warning signs and vaccination for parents are among the top suggestions made in the document.
“Though the immunity of the children is quite strong but with many mutant virus strains emerging, it is necessary to follow all protocols related to Covid-19 to prevent its effect,” document reads.
AYUSH says that children with a history of medical co-morbidity like obesity, type-1 diabetes or in immune-comprised position may be at higher risk of contracting infection.
The document says that the wide age range and anatomical, physiological, immunological and psychological differences make it very difficult to plan for various preventive and management strategies in children.
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“The guideline is supplement (add-on to present contemporary line of management) to the Covid-19 appropriate behavior and precautionary measures and it should not be taken as its substitute,” AYUSH says in the disclaimer, adding that the parents should consult a qualified AYUSH physician as all the measures advised need not to be advised in all children.
Earlier, the Ministry of AYUSH has put into operation a dedicated community support helpline to provide AYUSH-based approaches and solutions for the Covid-19 challenge. The toll-free helpline number is 14443, the ministry said on Friday. The helpline is operational pan-India from 6 am till midnight on all days of the week, it said.
Experts from different streams of AYUSH, namely Ayurveda, homoeopathy, yoga, naturopathy, Unani and Siddha will be available to address queries of the general masses, the ministry said. These experts will not only be providing counselling and feasible remedies to the patients but also guide them about the availability of nearby AYUSH facilities, the ministry said in a statement.