The baby had a low fever, cough and diarrhea several days ago and was later confirmed as infected with the novel coronavirus in east China's Zhejiang Province. Her mother was in self-monitored quarantine at home as a close contact.
She was sent to an isolated ward and doctors at the Children's Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine (ZUCH) tailored a treatment plan for the baby.
Ye Sheng, deputy director of the emergency department and intensive care unit of ZUCH, is responsible for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of the novel coronavirus in the hospital. He called the baby "a little chubby, risible girl," because the first time he examined the girl, she did not cry but kept smiling.
As the infant was not accompanied by her mother, three doctors and three nurses at the hospital have become "fresh moms" and take turns looking after her.
The medics bought her a new dress, some toys and diapers, feed her every three hours and bathe her twice a day.
"The baby's blood vessels are very thin. It's difficult for us to move and see clearly with the protective suit and medical goggles, so we must pay extra attention and be more scrupulous," said Lao Yuyan, a nurse in her 20s.
Now the medics can easily read the baby's mind. They know exactly what will make her happy and when her diaper should be changed. "Her clinical symptoms of fever and respiratory infection have subsided, but she's still under close observation to avoid relapse and overtreatment," said Ye.
The baby is not the only such case of novel coronavirus infection found so far. A newborn in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, was confirmed to have been infected with the virus just 30 hours after being born. Cases of infant infections were also reported in Henan and Beijing. Medical experts said there may be risks of mother-to-child transmission of the novel coronavirus.
Fu Junfen, executive vice president of ZUCH, said that since there is no effective medicine for the novel coronavirus, the treatment is mainly to monitor the children's vital signs and symptoms and respond accordingly.
The latest figure showed the overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 31,161 by the end of Thursday, according to China's National Health Commission, of them a total of 636 people had died of the disease.