Compared to the first wave of COVID-19, more children were infected during the second wave, mainly due to the delta version of the coronavirus.
Something similar is being seen in the increasing cases of corona at the moment as the Omicron version is increasing in different parts of the world, which is increasing the cases of infection.
Children who were previously thought to be only carriers of the virus are now at equal risk of severe symptoms and hospitalization.
There has been a decrease in cases in India for the last one week, but the risk of this variant of COVID remains.
This is why it becomes important to know about the common symptoms of this infection in children.
Common symptoms of COVID in children
According to the Zoe COVID Symptom Study, fatigue is the most common symptom of coronavirus infection in children, followed by headache, sore throat, runny nose and sneezing.
Zoe COVID is a smartphone app developed during the pandemic to track how people across the UK feel when they are diagnosed with the coronavirus.
The app is used by both children and adults to track symptoms, based on which researchers have compiled a list of common Omicron symptoms.
According to the data available from the app, the symptoms seen in adults were different from children.
It was also discovered that, in adults, a runny nose is the first sign, followed by headache, fatigue, and sneezing.
Rare symptoms of COVID in children
Apart from symptoms related to the respiratory system, the Omicron variant can also affect other parts of the body.
It can also cause some unusual symptoms like diarrhea and rashes.
However, it is rare and is seen in a small percentage of cases.
Data collected during the study also suggests that in some cases children may develop croup, a condition in which an airway infection causes a dog to bark when coughing.
Symptoms observed in vaccinated children
Most children in the UK have been vaccinated, with the Omicron variant having mild symptoms.
After being infected with the Omicron variant, children mostly developed common cold-like symptoms that didn’t last long or cause any severe symptoms.
Experts believe that vaccination could not prevent corona virus infection, but it was very effective in reducing the severity.
Furthermore, compared to the Delta variant, more children were affected by the Omicron variant because it is more transmissible than other types of coronavirus.
how to protect children
Now that vaccines are available for children between the ages of 15 and 17 in India, it is essential that your children get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Vaccination provides immunity against the virus and reduces the risk of serious infection.
Also, make sure your kids follow all the COVID norms like wearing a mask at all times, maintaining proper hygiene and avoiding crowded places.