0.1% babies develop cytokine storm. An emergency C-section had to be performed after the mother complained of decreased foetal movements.
Pune: Covid accompanied with multi-organ dysfunction and cytokine storm had struck a day-old baby in the city, and the infant came out of it victorious. It was a rare case and the doctors at the Jehangir Hospital treated the child, who was discharged after 20 days.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the hospital authorities, the baby is now two-and-a-half months old. The child has recovered well because of the concerted efforts made by the doctors. Such a young child developing post-Covid multi-organ dysfunction is very rare, said Sagar Lad, neonatologist at the hospital.
0.1% babies develop cytokine storm. Dr Jyoti Unni, consulting gynaecologist said that an emergency C-section had to be performed after a Covid positive lady complained of decreased foetal movements. The baby was shifted to the neonatal ICU ward after birth, as he required artificial breathing.
The baby’s distress increased and he needed intubation and was being supported by a ventilator, according to doctors. An X-Ray showed a pneumonia patch. Further inspection was done which showed that the baby had multi-organ dysfunction with an enlarged liver and spleen, along with low blood sugar suggestive of pancreatic involvement.
According to the hospital authorities, symptoms were because of trans-placental transmission from the mother. Dr Anshu Sethi, neonatologist at the hospital said that the baby required a high dose of IV methylprednisolone. Dr Vaman Khadilkar, paediatric endocrine consultant prescribed the baby medicines used to treat resistant and persistent hypoglycaemia.
The baby started maintaining blood sugar levels and was taken off the ventilator after a week.
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