CORONAVIRUS infections are spreading across the country, and although we are all aware of the three main symptoms in adults – they can be different in children and babies.
The NHS states that the three most common symptoms of coronavirus in adults include a persistent new cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell (anosmia).
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If you have any of these symptoms, you should get tested and isolate yourself to prevent the virus from spreading to others.
Experts said that the symptoms of the two new variants that were detected are not believed to have different symptoms from the above.
However, the variant that was first discovered in the south in September is believed to be up to 74% more transmissible than those already in circulation – which means you are more likely to catch the virus.
Many people are also asymptomatic, which means they have no symptoms, and if you have children, they are likely to have any symptoms – they may struggle to communicate them to you, depending on their age.
The data previously showed that children do not have the same “classic coronavirus symptoms” as adults.
But what should you look for in your children?
Data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker application previously found that most children who tested positive for Covid-19 were tired.
It was found that 55% suffer from this symptom.
There are several ways your child can react if he is tired, but if he is a baby or a toddler, it may be harder to notice.
Some children may be withdrawn, while others, especially young children, may be prone to seizures and crying attacks.
The second top symptom was a headache, with 53% suffering from it.
If you have a younger child, it may be difficult to know if he or she is suffering from a headache.
The US CDC (Centers for Disease Control) also lists headaches as a symptom in children and said it is important to monitor their behavior.
It is stated that if your child has a new severe headache, then you should monitor them.
Professor Anne MacGregor said most children have a headache every year.
She said they may be smaller in children and may start suddenly.
Prof. MacGregor says: “The headache may be over half an hour later, the child is feeling well and playing outside as if nothing had happened.”
She added that headaches can also affect a baby’s stomach, so if they say their belly hurts, it could be because of the headache.
About 49% of children who tested positive for Covid-19 have a fever.
This is also one of the key symptoms that adults have.
You can check if your child has a fever by taking his temperature.
In adults and children over three months, a temperature of 37 ° C or more is considered high fever.
When a child has a fever, it is important to keep him hydrated.
The NHS states: “Babies need to be given plenty of fluids, such as breast milk or formula.
“Even if your child is not thirsty, try to make them drink less and often keep their fluid levels high.”
4. Sore throat
The ZOE Symptom Tracker App study found that 38% of children diagnosed with Covid had a sore throat.
The cause of sore throat in children is usually a viral infection.
5. Loss of appetite
We all know that children can be agitated when it comes to food, but if your child removes his plate more often than usual, it could be a sign that they have Covid-19.
To encourage them to eat, try to divide the meals for them into smaller bites so that the whole plate doesn’t feel so discouraging.
Data from the ZOE application found that 35 percent of children who are dignified with Covid-19 suffered a loss of appetite.
The CDC says babies under one year who have tested positive for Covid are more likely to have this symptom.
The study also found that 15 percent of children who tested positive also had an unusual rash.
The US CDC lists various symptoms that children may have if they have Covid-19 and these differ from the guidance given by NHS England.
The CDC lists the following as symptoms that children may experience.
- fever or chills
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- stomach ache
- Muscle or body pain
- Poor appetite or poor diet
Schools are currently closed in the UK due to a third national blockade – despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson reassuring parents that “schools are safe”.
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However, he said he hopes schools will reopen in the spring once the Covid vaccination program is properly implemented.
Boris closed schools nationwide for at least seven weeks, while GCSE and A-Level exams were blocked.
And he warned that schools could remain closed longer.
He said keeping schools open is “imperative for any society”, but high infection rates mean they have to close.