Four Omicron symptoms in children parents should look out for when spotting Covid in kids

Since seasonal colds are common at this time of year, it can be difficult to know if someone has symptoms of Covid. This is how Omicron often presents itself to children

Children tend to experience some noticeable Omicron symptoms (

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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.

The new variant’s symptoms were found to be very different from traditional signs of the coronavirus, which include fever, persistent cough, and loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.

Although symptoms have been described as “mild,” experts warn that Omicron can be more difficult to spot because it often resembles a cold.

While children tend to have fewer Covid symptoms than adults, Omicron has shown some strange symptoms in children.

Here are four symptoms that have been consistently occurring in children infected with the virus, according to a family doctor.

What are the most common Omicron symptoms in children?

Rashes, loss of appetite, fatigue, and headaches are the most common symptoms of Omicron in children
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Children with Omicron seem to have consistently exhibited four symptoms.

The symptoms of Omicron in children include fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, and rash, said GP Dr. David Lloyd told Sky News.

He added that while symptoms such as rashes have occurred in a “small cohort” of adult Covid patients, up to 15% of children using Omicron appear to develop an unusual rash.

Other common signs that occur in children include the more traditional symptoms, such as a high fever, a new, persistent cough, and a loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

What are the main symptoms of the Omicron variant?

Omicron is milder than previous Covid variants, but highly transferable
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According to the ZOE Symptom Tracker app, the five most common symptoms of Omicron in adults are a runny nose, headache, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing, and sore throat.

Some people have also experienced more unusual symptoms such as brain fog, congestion, rashes, lower back pain, nausea, and even eye pain.

Professor Tim Spector, the man behind that ZOE Covid study, has assured that Omicron’s symptoms are quite mild compared to previous variants like Delta.

However, he warned that the new strain was “highly transmissible,” and advised people to avoid indoor gatherings, to get regular testing and full vaccinations to slow the spread.

Vaccinations could also relieve some of the more intense symptoms, such as headaches and sore muscles, that Dr. Angelique Coetzee, who first sounded the alarm at Omicron, are stronger in unvaccinated patients.

If you think you or someone you know may have Covid, the first thing to do is stay home and self-isolate and then get a PCR test right away.

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