A 40-day-old baby has become possibly the youngest patient admitted for Covid-19 treatment at the state-run SSG Hospital.
The baby girl was transferred from Jamnabai General Hospital to SSG Hospital’s paediatric department. The newborn and her mother, residents of Navapura area of the city, have tested positive of Covid-19 during RT-PCR test.
“She was brought to us with complaint of diarrhoea, severe dehydration and feeding problems. Her mother is asymptomatic,” said Dr Sheila Aiyer, head of paediatric department at SSG Hospital.
The baby girl’s condition is stable, said Dr Aiyer
An eight-month-old boy was discharged from the hospital earlier this month after completing his Covid-19 treatment. The child had laryngotracheobronchitis, also known as croup, an acute infectious respiratory disease caused by infection of the larynx or trachea that affects infants and children.
“He was admitted on December 30. We kept him on respiratory support for three days. He was gradually weaned off to nasal oxygen and later shifted to general ward before getting discharged on January 7,” she said.
Aiyer stated that, despite the fact that Covid-19 cases are increasing exponentially, there has been no alarming increase in hospitalizations due to Covid-19 on the paediatric side of the public hospital.