In the new COVID-19 developments in many countries, both children and adults are at risk. However, many children do not show the typical respiratory symptoms seen in adults.
Many pediatric patients with COVID-19 sometimes do not have typical clinical manifestations related to the respiratory tract. In this population, gastrointestinal symptoms were reported much more commonly than respiratory symptoms. The most common signs reported were loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, cold, dry cough, fatigue, rash, and other flu symptoms. Some children may even have trouble breathing.
Young children with Covid-19 may have some other symptoms
Diarrheal enteritis is a notable presentation. Stomach and intestinal symptoms along with fever, rash, and conjunctivitis are also present in multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). It is also a manifestation of COVID-19, with increased systemic inflammation and multi-organ failure. These symptoms can resemble viral, bacterial gastroenteritis, or even inflammatory bowel disease.
If parents notice the following symptoms in their child, it could be a symptom of COVID-19 infection. Parents should consult a specialist immediately.
– Nausea or vomiting
– Muscle or body aches
– Not eating well, sucking poorly, especially in children under 1 year old
WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to stop breastfeeding. However, mothers should take proper health and safety precautions, including wearing a mask and washing hands with soap and water, or using alcohol hand rub before contacting their baby little.
Bao An (th)