The advent of Omicron has seen many countries break records for Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour period.
In the United States, the nation set a new global record with 1.35 million positive cases in a single day, while Britain has surpassed 200,000.
A combination of two jabs and a booster is the most effective method we currently have to stop Omicron.
Currently, however, only children aged 12 and under can be vaccinated, and booster shots for under-18s are pending.
This puts parents in a difficult position as children go to school every day unprotected against Covid-19, only with a mask to stop transmission.
Omicron is by far the most transmissible variant the world has faced and new information on symptoms continues to be discovered, including how it affects children differently.
Omicron symptoms in children
the NHS States that children seem to contract coronavirus less often than adults and if they do, it is often less severe.
Symptoms in children can be harder to spot, but the main signs are:
- A high temperature
- New or persistent cough – this means coughing a lot, lasting more than an hour, or three or more coughing fits in 24 hours
- Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
- Runny nose
Speak with BelfastLive, GP Dr. Laurence Dorman, outlined how the symptoms developed in children.
“The symptoms are different in children, and with this new strain, some people are more likely to report the common cold, the medical term for cold-like symptoms, than the flu,” Dorman said.
“The common cold is more like a runny nose and less severe symptoms. Whereas we know from the very first alpha wave that people had more classic flu symptoms and were in aches and pains.”
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Dorman supports parents in tapping into their natural parenting instincts: “It’s very difficult with children as temperatures can be quite normal in this age group. The most important thing we ask of people is to trust their instincts. Parents know their children well and they know when they’re not doing well.”
The number of children exhibiting long-standing Covid symptoms prompted the creation of 15 new pediatric centers across the country last year. The number of children hospitalized with the virus is currently increasing sharply.