Sunday, February 20th, 2022
While COVID-19 cases are dropping nationwide, the virus is still circulating. Unfortunately, babies and t children of any age can catch COVID-19 and experience its symptoms. As a parent, understanding how COVID-19 symptoms present in children can help you protect and care for your child.
The Severity of COVID-19 Infections in Children
Babies and kids are equally as likely to become infected with COVID-19 as adults. However, children aren’t as likely to become severely sick with COVID. In most cases, babies, kids, and adolescents who are infected with the virus are asymptomatic or experience only mild symptoms similar to the common cold.
With that said, children with pre-existing medical conditions are more likely to become severely ill with COVID-19. Diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, obesity, sickle cell disease, and any underlying condition that weakens the immune system are examples of pre-existing health concerns that can lead to severe illness with COVID in children.
Symptoms of COVID-19 in Children
Children who are symptomatic with COVID-19 typically have symptoms similar to those seen in adults. Potential symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of smell or taste
- Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
- Skin changes (i.e. discolored patches on hands and feet)
- Muscle and joint pain
- Nasal congestion
Generally, COVID-19 symptoms develop around six days after exposure to the virus. However, this can vary depending on the variant. The Omicron variant, for example, often has a shorter incubation period (two to three days).
COVID-19 Vaccinations For Children
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of five receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While not a guarantee against catching the virus, vaccinations can prevent severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Additionally, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the spread of COVID-19 at home, in school, and in other public places throughout your community.
At Suncoast Urgent Care, we offer COVID-19 testing (including rapid testing), as well as medical care for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. Contact us today for more information!