This is one of the most exposed age groups due to the fact that in the last month it has presented a contagion escalation of covid that led to saturate guards and testing centers Dependent on the main pediatric hospitals in Mendoza: Humberto Notti and Alexander Fleming. It is that the infants, boys and girls under three years of age They are precisely those who still cannot receive the vaccines, do not use a face mask and are generally the ones who put objects in their mouths or touch sideboards, chairs, tables and any element that helps them climb, try textures and practice new jumps with their hands. or games. It can happen, in fact, that despite all the efforts of mom and dad to keep their hands clean and away from any potentially contaminating object, the thousandth of a second that the fingers brush the face has passed in the middle of any situation.
The truth is that in the context of the current increase in covid infections, the smallest of the house have not gone unnoticed. In fact, the demand in pediatric guards continues to exceed the ability of doctors to respond. However, the good news is that the need for hospitalizations for this cause continues in very low percentages. From the Ministry of Health of the Province They assure that they will not release the data about the percentage of babies, boys and girls who, within the total population affected by covid, present the disease. For their part, at the Humberto Notti hospital, they highlighted that at the moment the professionals are not available to provide information due to the saturation in the system.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Recabarren, director of the Alexander Fleming hospital (which receives patients from the Social Work of Public Employees), explained that only one patient is hospitalized for covid and that no more hospitalizations were necessary during the course of Friday. “We also noticed that the consultation on guard has decreased by 10% compared to last week. We also noticed that there has been less demand for tests based on the new provisions regarding close contacts,” Recabarren explained, detailing that in the case of the child population the positivity rate is 30%, a lower amount than that registered in grown ups.
When to go to guard
But, if there is a fever, do we have to go urgently to the guard? recabarren He explained that the first thing to keep in mind is that fever is the only natural way that the human body has to better defend itself against infections. For this reason, she clarifies, before thinking about going to the medical guard it is important (provided that you have the accompaniment of the primary pediatrician) to attend to key signs.
“You have to pay attention to the symptoms, if there is discomfort and what kind of discomfort. Differentiate whether or not the fever is associated with difficulty breathing, decay, changes in skin color or neurological disorders, apathy or seizures”, warns the pediatrician and clarifies that in these cases an on-call consultation is necessary, while in those in which the baby, boy or girl is active, it is probably best to control the fever and pay attention to the evolution of the condition within 24 or 48 hours.
“It is very important to attend to the fact if it adds other symptoms. But in those cases, always with the advice of the family doctor, one must be cautious about going to the emergency room in the event of an elevated or very transient condition, because it may be more counterproductive to expose the child to a greater risk of contracting hospital germs that can be more harmful to those who are in the community”, warned Recabarren and clarified that in the case of children with a history of prematurity or pre-existing diseases as well as those who are under three years of age, medical care in the event of a fever cannot wait. .
“It is also very important that if the boy or girl presents a marked decline, high fever and difficulty breathing, they should never wait to take him to the guard,” warned the director of Fleming when referring to the possible pictures that covid.
In that sense, recabarren He highlighted the importance of vaccination in boys and girls over three years of age. In relation to babies under that age, he clarified that it is essential that parents and siblings have their complete vaccination schedule, since in this way they will be able to generate a protective barrier towards them.