Omicron symptoms to look out for in kids – with one ‘unusual’ sign spotted by GP


Amongst the usual cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, a sore throat and headache – children could also develop a rash – with 15% of those testing positive presenting with the more unusual symptoms

One doctor said 15% of children who tested positive for the Covid variant, also presented with a rash
One doctor said 15% of children who tested positive for the Covid variant, also presented with a rash

Experts are warning of the specific symptoms of Omicron to look out for in children – with one ‘unusual’ sign spotted by a GP.

Amongst the usual cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, a sore throat and headache – children could also develop a rash.

One doctor said 15% of children who tested positive for the Covid variant, also presented with a rash.

Dr David Lloyd told Sky News: “Things like fatigue, a headache and loss of appetite seem to be quite important, as does a rash.

“We’ve always had a small cohort of patients with Covid who are getting funny rashes but up to 15% of the Omicron children are getting an unusual rash.

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“So we’re starting to learn a little bit more about the virus and we are starting to look out for it.”

Other symptoms children appear to develop include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

Parents are being urged not to take flu-like symptoms lightly and to get their children tested.

Omicron appears to be milder than previous circulating coronavirus, the World Health Organization says, causing it to cause more cold-like symptoms.

This could be a result of vaccination – and children under 12 have not received jabs in the UK.

However, kids as young as five are reportedly set to be given Covid jabs as the fight against the Omicron variant ramps up – with the NHS “preparing for a mass vaccine drive” in schools.

It comes after figures show cases in nurseries have risen by 38% in one week.

Parents are being urged not to take flu-like symptoms lightly and to get their children tested
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According to ZOE COVID Study incidence figures, Covid cases are set to top 200,000 a day- with a ‘worrying’ rise in one vulnerable age group, according to ZOE COVID Study incidence figures.

Currently, there are 192,290 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid in the UK on average, based on PCR and LFT test data from up to three days ago – an increase of 33%.

Cases are rising in all regions, particularly in the North West, which has a R value of 1.3. However, cases continue to be higher in London than any other region.

It is also now reported 75% of people with cold-like symptoms now having Covid.

The rise in cases appears to be slowing in the 0-55 age groups., but rising sharply in the 55-75 age groups, with the report saying this is a “worrying” trend given this group is more at risk of hospitalisation.

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Dr Claire Steves, scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app and Reader at King’s College London comments on the latest data: “The number of daily new symptomatic COVID cases are more than double what they were this time last year and we are just a day or two away from hitting over 200,000.

“However, the exponential growth in cases appears to have stopped, and the rise is more steady. Hospitalisation rates are thankfully much lower than this time last year, but they are still high, especially in London.

“The ZOE data is showing that cases are still on the rise in 55-75 year olds so unfortunately it’s likely that this will translate into more hospital admissions in the New Year.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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