KIDS is back at school after the Christmas break, and many parents are discovering that they are catching bugs.
If your child comes home sniffling, complaining of a headache, or seems to be having trouble with the weather – it could be Covid.
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UK cases have risen slightly, after a sudden drop from record highs over the past few weeks.
This seems consistent with schools returning and children spreading bugs.
This variant has been shown to be milder, especially in the case of immunisation, but can spread quickly – so classes can be hit quickly.
This is why it is important to watch for symptoms in children that may indicate Covid and to continue testing to be sure.
Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE Covid Study app, commented on the latest data: “ZOE data have shown an increase in symptomatic cases in children due to a return to school effect. learn.
“With cases still high and restrictions being lifted, we just have to hope that people remain reasonable, that their households get three vaccinations and that regardless of official advice, everyone Everyone knows how to isolate and self-test when experiencing cold-like symptoms.”
There are about 20 warning symptoms in adults that appear frequently, useful symptoms to know in children.
But in children, there are some specific extras that are worth keeping in mind, in case they need to be checked out.
Parents and doctors have reported that children have a runny nose, low-grade fever, rash, cough, and rash.
Dr Camilla Kingdon, chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “I follow our most at-risk premature babies.
“Most of them at my clinic have used Omicron in the past four weeks – or their families – and none of them have had any harm.
“In fact, most mothers report that their child has a runny nose, slightly dislocated legs, and a low fever.
“We need to keep an eye on this space but, from around the country at this point, the picture is one that reassures us.”
Symptoms of Omicron in Children:
- Croup – ‘barking’ cough
- A cough sounds more normal
Omicron is considered by many to be quite mild compared to Delta, often causing a cold-like illness, which adults do not see as frequent coughs.
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Professor Russell Viner, who works at Great Ormond Street and is a professor at University College London, said: “The average length of stay is really low and almost none of them need oxygen or other assistance. .
“About half of them are not receiving any treatment – they are in the hospital for observation.
“Some of them have antibiotics but just because of the way we treat children with fever, especially infants, it’s important to be extra vigilant and protect them.”
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