Does my child have Covid-19? Warning signs and symptoms in children

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The NICD listed bluish lips, diarrhoea and vomiting as potential warning signs of Covid-19 in children. (Getty Images)
The NICD listed bluish lips, diarrhoea and vomiting as potential warning signs of Covid-19 in children. (Getty Images)

The National Institute For Communicable Diseases Of South Africa (NICD) is urging parents to note that symptoms of Covid-19 may present differently in children than adults.

Sharing updated details across its social media platforms, the NICD listed bluish lips, diarrhoea and vomiting as potential warning signs of Covid-19 in children.

Confusion, difficulty waking up and "pneumonia, with or without obvious symptoms" were also listed among the signs parents and guardians should not ignore.  

Also read: Covid-19 in children: The South African experience and way forward

These signs were named alongside other symptoms we have come to associate with the illness, such as breathing problems, excessive fatigue, fever and a sore throat.

'Seek medical care early if...' 

"If your child has mild Covid-19 symptoms, they can be managed at home. Seek medical care early if your child is having ongoing symptoms or symptoms are getting worse," the NICD advises. 

The symptoms noted by the institute as especially worrisome include:

  • Difficulty breathing or catching a breath. 
  • Inability to keep down any liquids. 
  • New confusion or inability to awaken. 
  • Bluish lips. 

"Severe disease is mostly found in children with underlying chronic conditions. Parents should stay alert if their child is diagnosed with, or shows signs of, the disease, especially if they have underlying conditions," the NICD advises.

*Parent24 has contacted the National Institute for Communicable Diseases for additional comment. We will update this article as soon as we receive feedback.

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