Coronavirus and Infusion Therapy: Pediatrics
If your child’s IBD medication requires scheduled infusions, you may have questions about how to maintain safety during this uncertain time. If your child’s medication requires an infusion, please do not skip these appointments. Infusions are meant to be given on a schedule to control the progression of disease, and it’s important to maintain the schedule set by your child’s healthcare provider.
It's important to communicate with your child’s provider to discuss their specific case and determine a plan that balances the risks and benefits of your child receiving their prescribed therapy during a community outbreak of COVID-19. As always, your child should not stop receiving infusions without you first consulting their healthcare team.
Here are some of the IBD medications that your child may be currently receiving:
- Infliximab (Remicade®)
- Certolizumab (Cimzia®)
- Vedolizumab (Entyvio®)
- Ustekinumab (Stelara®)
- Infliximab-abda (Renflexis®)
- Infliximab-dyyb (Inflectra™)
Please refer to our IBD Medications page for specific medication guidance.
In addition to IBD medications, there are other treatments requiring IV infusion which may include antibiotics to treat infections, vitamin and mineral supplementation and nutritional support therapy.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Maintain constant communication with your child’s healthcare provider to discuss a plan for your child to receive his/her medication over the next few months.
- If your child isn’t feeling well, contact your child’s healthcare provider to determine if rescheduling is a possibility.
- If YOU, the parent or caregiver, aren’t feeling well, contact your child’s healthcare provider to discuss what your options may be. Your child’s provider may suggest rescheduling the appointment, or having another member of the family accompany them to the visit.
- If you are administering any part of your child’s treatment at home, make sure you and your child are comfortable with the process, and ask your child’s healthcare provider any outstanding questions you have. Telemedicine visits can be very helpful! See if you can video chat with your child’s healthcare provider to make sure you are following all the necessary steps required of the medication.
- Encourage open communication with your child, and discuss how his/her routine infusion may be different from previous visits due to the current situation. For more tips on how to talk to your children about Covid-19 visit: www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/coronavirus/pediatrics/emotional-guidance
The National Infusion Center Association educates and provides resources for patients in need of intravenous and injectable medications. To find out more information visit: https://infusioncenter.org/
This content was developed in partnership with the National Infusion Center Association. Review was also provided by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s National Scientific Advisory Committee.
Last updated 4/17/20