How Coronavirus Affects Children: Parents Should Read Carefully

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One of the most affected lives in this pandemic is of children. Young naïve kids have no idea how much their life has turned. What with the schools and play dates being cancelled, children are having an absolutely messed up routine. The uncertainty and irregulation in daily life has built up extremely disturbed, anxious, and confusing emotions in school-going kids.

Parents have stated it to different health-reporting channels that although kids, being confused and uncertain, ask a lot of questions about coronavirus, parents cannot answer them honestly because, even if they want to, they don’t have all the answers.

It is necessary that kids are trained and taught about standard operating procedures defined by CDC as precautionary behaviors, such as washing hands, face masking, social distancing, avoiding handshakes, and more. However, it is still important that kids are answered about their concerns, because we want them to be as knowledgeable as possible, so they can protect themselves as much as possible.

It is undoubtedly possible for children to catch coronavirus, their childish behavior does not exempt them from the infection. However, there is a chance that symptoms are less visible in kids. That is why parents need to be more vigilant of the virus. Some kids get very mild symptoms after catching the virus, such as cough, mild fever, and fatigue.

In rare cases, some children are reported to have more complicated symptoms. It mostly happens with those children who already have a pre-existing disease, such as diabetes or asthma. They are usually at the increased risk.

The incubation period is the same for children as for adults—that is 14 days. However, as it is said above, the healthy child is less likely to show any symptoms, so it is best to get a medical diagnosis. Because if the virus is present and the child goes untreated, complications can occur. Children with coronavirus might not show symptoms, but they definitely can build up potentially dangerous and severe infections, such as multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS), which can lead to life-threatening conditions with main organs of the body. In that case, heart, lungs, skin, eyes, brain, kidneys, and gastrointestinal parts of the body can get inflamed and stop working at all. It can result in death.

If the child has MIS, the symptoms would be lasting fever, bloodshot eyes, rash on skin, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, swollen neck, neck pain, cracked lips, swollen hands, redder tongue, swollen feet, increased irritability, unusual sleepiness, and more.

It is recommended  to every parent out there to not risk a child’s health by underestimating the effect of coronavirus. If you have recently taken part in an activity where the presence of a virus is doubtful, get your child tested. Parents can wait themselves for symptoms to show up, but a child cannot be put on wait. So, don’t wait, go get tested and ensure your child’s safety.

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