Four Omicron symptoms in children parents should look out for when spotting Covid in kids – World News
With seasonal colds being common this time of year, it can be difficult to know if someone has been struck down by Covid symptoms. Here’s how Omicron commonly presents in children
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As Omicron spreads across the UK, health experts have warned of Covid symptoms in children that parents should keep an eye on.
Symptoms of the new variant have been found to be quite different than the traditional signs of coronavirus which includes a fever, continuous cough and loss or change in sense of taste or smell.
Though symptoms have been described as ‘mild,’ experts have warned that spotting Omicron can be more difficult as it often resembles the common cold.
While children typically suffer from Covid symptoms less than adults, Omicron has been presenting some odd symptoms in kids.
Here are four symptoms that have consistently appeared in children infected with the virus, according to one GP.
What are the common Omicron symptoms in children?
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Children with Omicron appear to have been continuously presenting four symptoms.
The symptoms of Omicron in children include fatigue, a headache, loss of appetite and a skin rash, GP Dr David Lloyd told Sky News.
He added that while symptoms like rashes have been appearing in a “small cohort” of adult Covid patients, up to 15% of children with Omicron seem to get an unusual rash.
Other common signs appearing in children include the more traditional symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
What are the main symptoms of the Omicron variant?
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According to the ZOE symptom tracker app, the top five symptoms of Omicron in adults are a runny nose, headache, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing and a sore throat.
Some people have also experienced more unusual symptoms such as brain fog, congestion, rashes, lower back pain, nausea and even sore eyes.
Professor Tim Spector, the man behind the ZOE Covid study, has assured that the symptoms of Omicron are quite mild in comparison to previous variants like Delta.
However, he warned that the new strain is “highly transmissible,” advising people to avoid indoor gatherings, test yourself regularly and get fully vaccinated, to slow the spread.
Vaccinations could also reduce some of the more intense symptoms like headaches and sore muscles, which according to Dr Angelique Coetzee, who first raised the alarm on Omicron, are stronger in unvaccinated patients.
If you believe you or anyone you know as Covid, the first things to do is to stay at home and self-isolate, then get a PCR test immediately.
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