Lucknow: Since the beginning of the pandemic, kids are thought to be the least susceptible to the Coronavirus infection. However, it has now been reported that the infection has some mild symptoms in kids in comparison to its deadliest version affecting the adults.
The second wave of COVID-19 has been no less devastating for younger kids. It has also been anticipated by many health experts that the third Covid wave with mutant variants of virus may mainly infect minors rather than the current wave that has claimed millions of lives worldwide. With kids as young as 4 months catching COVID, doctors have also observed a sharp rise in the overall caseloads in comparison to last year’s figures.
Even though, the experts assert that pediatric cases of COVID-19 still tend to be on the milder side, and resolve quicker in comparison to adults, the symptoms being observed right now have undergone certain changes. Up till now, only a concurrent fever or unexplained tiredness was a tell-tale sign of coronavirus in kids, but the mutant virus has now unleashed more symptoms.
Diagnosing COVID-19 in kids, who are rather prone to falling sick can be difficult, which could pose a major problem to look out for the symptoms in kids. So, if your ward has any of these symptoms, then be sure to get him/her tested for the Covid-19:
The most prevalent Covid symptom in the second wave is gastrointestinal symptoms, which is also affecting kids. Unusual stomach ache, bloating, heaviness, abdominal cramps could all be signs that your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Some children could also complain of lost appetite, or experience no desire to eat food, which can also be a sign to watch out for.
Diarrhoea and vomiting are other common signs which seem to be affecting kids who do catch COVID-19 right now. These two symptoms occur when the virus starts to attach itself to ACE2 receptors present along the gut linings, and cause inflammation and digestive trouble.
Moderate or high fever ( as 102 degrees Fahrenheit) is also a widespread symptom of Covid in both kids and adults. Though it is also common to other routine viral illnesses in prevalence, a COVID fever is generally accompanied by chills, pain, weakness. It’s been noted that in most cases, the fever tend to break after 2-3 days (for kids). However, if the symptom remains for more than 5 days, seek a doctor.
Cold and cough
Although it rarely occurs, a persistent cough or a nagging cold could act as a sign of upper respiratory tract infection in children. A cough or cold could also be associated with other symptoms listed above, and take longer to resolve. Sore throats could also strike.
It should be taken into notice that while adults are highly vulnerable to severity right now, cough, cold affecting kids could be on the milder side. Signs of inflammation, such as chest pain, shortness of breath are less commonly observed.
A sudden drop in energy levels in kids can be due to a suspected COVID-19 exposure. Generally, the first signs noted of the infections are fatigue, dreariness, tiredness, poor sleep and lethargy when body’s immune system is busy fighting the virus.
Behavioural issues, especially amongst younger kids could also be associated with fatigue and weakness induced by the infection. Children may become moodier, or cry more often.
Last year, skin rashes and the infamous COVID toes came to be observed in children for the very first time. While rashes and other skin symptoms also seem to affect adults, they still happen to be one of the commonest signs of infections in kids with COVID-19.
Additionally, any signs of unusual bumpy skin, red rashes, mottled skin, urticaria (hives), sudden discolouration of the fingers and the toes should be considered warning signs of getting tested.
Rampant inflammation can also cause kids to develop runny, bloodshot eyes, which is rather uncommon in adult symptomatic cases.