GBMC Omicron Care Pack Instructions

Kia ora,

 

Here is the information for your whanau’s Omicron care package.

 

Detailed in this notice you will find information on how and when to use the medications provided to your tamaiti/riki (children).

 

We would like to thank you for your patience whilst this was being rolled out. With an influx in requests, we are working our hardest to ensure each request is fulfilled. If you haven’t received your pack yet, rest assured that it is on its way shortly.

 

Please read the following information below. If you have any questions/queries or concerns, you can direct these towards your local pharmacy/pharmacists when you collect your Omicron care pack.

 

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It can affect your lungs, airways and other organs.

If children do catch COVID-19, they mostly have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. 

We understand from countries overseas that children with Omicron can suffer more gastric symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhoea as well as :

  • sneezing and runny nose
  • a new or worsening cough
  • sore throat
  • a fever of at least 38 degrees Celsius
  • shortness of breath
  • temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • headache
  • muscle pain or body aches

https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/covid-19-what-you-need-know

The following medications within your Omicron care package will help reduce the severity of your tamaiti/riki’s symptoms, should they experience any.

Pamol (Paracetamol)

  • Pamol is used for pain relief in children.
  • The dose your tamaiti/riki requires is dependent on their current weight – if you need to, you can use a Pamol dosage calculator by visiting the following link: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/tools/p/paracetamol-dose-calculator/
  • Pamol should be administered 6 - 8 hours (3 times a day) (please always refer to the directions on the medication package).
  • Paracetamol can be safely given to babies and children to treat different types of pain, including headaches and sore throats (typical symptoms of Omicron/COVID-19).
  • Paracetamol is also used to treat fever, but mild fever does not need to be treated unless it is causing discomfort
  • For more information regarding what Pamol (i.e., what it is, how to prepare and administer it) please visit the following link: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/p/paracetamol-children/
  • You can give Paracetamol and Ibuprofen together at the directed dosages for 2-3 days if required to treat symptoms.

Brufen (Ibuprofen) –

Brufen is used to help reduce fever (temperature over38.5°C) and if your tamaiti/riki are miserable.

  • The dose your tamaiti/riki requires is dependent on their current     weight – if you need to, you can use a Brufen dosage calculator by     visiting the following link: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/tools/i/ibuprofen-paediatric-dose-calculator/
  • Brufen should be administered every 6-8 hours (3 times a day) (please always refer to the directions on the medication package) to children over the age of 3 mths. It should be given only if the child is able to eat something as can be irritating to an empty stomach. It also should not be administered if your child has symptoms of dehydration – reduced urine production and poor oral intake. If this is the case you can give Paracetamol instead.
  • Brufen should start to work quite quickly. Your child should feel less pain 20–30 minutes after taking it.
  • For further information on what Ibuprofen/Brufen is, how and when to administer it to your tamaiti/riki, please visit the following link https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/i/ibuprofen-children/#Clinicians

Ondansetron

  • Ondansetron is used to treat nausea and vomiting, which is often associated with dehydration.
  • If your tamaiti/riki becomes nauseous/begins vomiting, they will usually require a one-off/single dose of Ondansetron. The amount of this one-off/single dose of Ondansetron will depend on your tamaiti/riki’s current weight.
  • Please remember to always take your ondansetron exactly as your doctor has told you.
  • The pharmacy label on the medicine packaging will also tell you how much your tamaiti/tamariki should take, how often to take it, and any special instructions.
  • Ondansetron can be taken with or without food.
  • For more information regarding Ondansetron, please visit the following link: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/o/ondansetron/

Pedialyte –

  • There is information below Re: Pedialyte however there is a nationwide shortage of it and so it may be better to make your own – also some children do not like the taste and may refuse it.
  • If they have diarrhoea/vomiting or a high fever and are becoming dehydrated – with darker urine and lethargy try giving them Diluted juice or diluted fizzy drink – e.g. 1 cup apple juice diluted with 3 cups of water Or 1 cup Sprite diluted with3 cups of warm water (to dissolve the bubbles). Try to ensure the child drinks little and often. Monitor how much they are drinking and urinating as a guide – on our website https://www.gbmc.co.nz/health-advice/general-health-information-re-covid have a look for the diaries you can download to monitor symptoms for adults and children. This will be helpful for the Doctor to understand how things are going if you require a phone triage as you are concerned.
  • Pedialyteis is a medication that is used to replace salts and water that the body loses when you have dehydration caused by gastroenteritis (digestive track irritation caused by bacteria or viruses), diarrhoea or vomiting.
  • The usual dose of Pedialyte depends on your tamaiti/riki’s age and how severe their dehydration is. The following is a guide:

           Child aged 1 month to 1 year: 1–1½ times the usual feed amount.

            Child aged 1 to 12 years: 200 mL (approx. 1 cup) after every loose bowel motion (poo).

            Child aged 12 years and over and adults: 200–400 mL (approx. 1–2cups) after every loose bowel motion.

You will not harm your child by giving too much of the oral rehydration salt solution, so if you are not sure how much your child has kept down because they are being sick, it is better to give more rather than less of the oral rehydration salts.

For more information on Pedialyte (i.e., how to prepare it and other important administration tips), please visit the following link: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/o/oral-rehydration-salts/

 

Please contact your local/preferred pharmacy/pharmacist if you have further queries/questions regarding your child’s medication/s.

 

If you and/or any members of your whanau suspect you may have caught COVID-19 and require support please check out our website on www.gbmc.co.nz for lots of up to date information on Covid or email us at covidcare@gbmc.co.nz  or Healthline on 0800 611 116. Our phone lines may be very busy and the email will be regularly monitored during the working week.

 

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