Experts say CHILDREN with Omicron are developing a specific symptom that often indicates another condition.
Some children under the age of five with this variant seem to have a severe cough.
It’s a type of cough often associated with a dry cough – it sounds like an intense barking.
This type of cough is generally not harmful, but it sounds unpleasant and can be naturally anxiety-provoking for parents.
That’s because a string of extremely positive studies show that Omicron is milder than other strains, with a 50 to 70% lower risk of hospitalization than Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
Doctors in the US say it’s entirely plausible that Omicron causes this type of cough because this variant is deposited higher in the respiratory tract.
Previous strains of the virus will go deeper into the lungs, which is why it will cause more severe illness.
Dr. Buddy Creech, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, told NBC News: “The airways of young children are very narrow so there is less inflammation to clog them.”
This is why when a child breathes through such an inflamed airway, it can easily become irritated and produce a cough that resembles a dog or a seal.
Dr Creech said that he and his colleagues had noted “group-like manifestations” in young Covid-positive children, adding that there was a “characteristic barking cough”.
But another expert, Dr Amy Edwards – who has also noticed an increase in ganglion-like coughs in children with Covid – said this was no more of a concern.
“As a pediatrician, seeing so many children with bronchiolitis and laryngitis gives me a strange reassurance, because we’ve dealt with those conditions throughout,” she explains. his career set.
“Hearing the lungs can be scary, but it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the lungs.
“The mainstay of treatment is to keep the upper airway open and clear until the inflammation goes down.”
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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.
Symptoms in children are underreported, but among the top signs recorded so far are:
1. high temperature
2. a new, ongoing cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or three or more coughs in 24 hours
3. loss or change of smell or taste
5. stuffy or runny nose
7. sore throat
9. body aches
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