Mum warns parents to watch for rare Covid symptom after son fell ill

A 14-month-old boy spent Christmas being sick after developing symptoms mom said was related to Covid and she has warned other parents to look out for the signs.

Danielle Robinson’s son Remi fell ill with a cough just before Christmas and spent the holidays vomiting – after losing his appetite.

And Remi developed a swollen, red eye – a condition linked to Covid – known as orbital cellulitis, the reports MEN.

Remi tested negative for Covid after his mother did a lateral flow test at home.

She took him to a running center where cellulite was diagnosed – and he was sent home with antibiotics.

Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the fatty tissue and muscles around the eye. A nine-year-old boy from Bristol was “nearly blind” after developing orbital cellulitis at the same time as Covid-19.

(Image: Danielle Robinson)

Zac Morey ended up in the hospital with a drip after suffering an allergic reaction to the virus.

Danielle cautions other parents to book their child for a PCR test or keep them indoors if they develop similar symptoms.

She said, “He was physically ill on Christmas Eve and then again on Boxing Day. He stopped eating and had a bit of a cough so we thought he might have Covid.

“I did a lateral flow test with him and it was negative.

“The day after he woke up and his eye bulged out. It didn’t look like conjunctivitis so I took him to the local walk-in center.

“The lady at the front desk said it was the third child she had seen with the same problem in the past few days.”

Danielle was told that if Draw’s symptoms did not improve, he might have to be hospitalized.

“He’s been on antibiotics for a few days now and luckily the swelling has gone down,” she said.

“When I saw this story about the other boy who had it, I knew it was exactly the same.

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Remi was given antibiotics for the disease

“I think Remi could have had Covid as his grandma had it around the same time he was developing symptoms.

“It was very strange. Remi was lucky that his eye was cured with oral antibiotics, otherwise we were told he had to go to the hospital with an IV.”

Danielle said she wanted to alert other parents to the condition as she did not know that in some cases it has been linked to the coronavirus.

“I would say if kids have this problem with their eyes it can’t hurt to get them tested or keep them indoors for a few days,” she said.

“If I had known it was linked to the coronavirus, I would definitely have kept him away from at-risk relatives.

“I just want to make other parents aware of this.

“If I had assumed it was conjunctivitis and left it, it could have been a lot worse. I’m glad I took him to the running center.”

The World Health Organization lists red and irritated eyes as a rare side effect of Covid-19, while various studies have linked orbital cellulitis and coronavirus.


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