Omicron is a relatively new variant of COVID-19 but it is already resulting in the third wave of the coronavirus. The coronavirus, which was first detected in 2019, continues to be a major challenge in several parts of the world. It is spreading and the new variant has increased the chances of infection more than ever before. What is worrying is that the new variant is not only concerning for adults but for kids as well. This is creating problems for kids, especially those who are too young to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The new variant is showing different symptoms in children under the age of 5 years.
According to a recent report, Omicron is likely to cause harsh, barking cough in children. This is generally known as croup in kids.
What is croup?
While doctors say that croup is mostly safe and can be diagnosed easily, there are chances that it can surprise parents who have never experienced it. The variant is also causing infection in the upper airways in youngsters which results in inflammation of the larynx and trachea. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is more likely to settle in the respiratory tract of the children infected with it. These children may develop croup and such children may frequently acquire a severe cough and this is caused by breathing through an irritated airway.
Other symptoms of Omicron in children
Children below the age of five years are at risk of getting infected with the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 and therefore it is important to look out for all possible symptoms that might appear in them. It has already been reported that fever, cough, core throat, and throat pain are some very common symptoms among children. Fever, runny nose, body ache, and dry cough are some other very common symptoms.
It is always better to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour to keep yourself as well as kids safe.