No benefits against Covid from vitamin C

  • Paediatricians advise against use as treatment 

BY Dinitha Rathnayake

Giving vitamin C supplements to children during the Covid-19 pandemic is without benefit as far as Covid-19 is concerned, according to Consultant Paediatrician Dr. Samantha De Silva.

Speaking to The Morning, he said that there is insufficient evidence in the Covid-19 treatment guidelines to recommend the use of vitamin C as a treatment.

“There is no harm in using vitamin C, but there is no use in recommending vitamin C for children against Covid-19.”

According to Dr. De Silva, children should be provided with fluids like juices, water, and kanda (traditional herbal congee or gruel or porridge made from raw rice together with salt) to help them pass urine properly.

“Parents have a huge responsibility during this pandemic to protect their children since 99.9% of children get infected due to interactions with parents, since most of the kids are at home these days. Home has become the most unsafe place for them.”

He also added that most parents are not following proper precautions to protect their children.

“We always advise parents to wear a mask and wash their hands, but it is important for them to not touch the mask or nose and mouth in order to prevent this disease from transmitting. it is very important for adults to wear a face shield since it would help to decrease touching and having contact with the face.”

Dr. De Silva also advised the parents to keep their house windows and doors open to have good ventilation and air during this pandemic, since it is important to get fresh air and sunlight into the house.

“Teach children to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Ask them to avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth repeatedly or without washing hands. Make sure that kids follow good respiratory hygiene. Use regular household cleaners or wipes to clean things that get touched often (doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, phones, etc). These are important when it comes to preventing the spread of Covid-19,” he noted.