What are signs of coronavirus in toddlers?
Kids and toddlers may have runny noses, coughs and fevers. They also may have stomach symptoms such as diarrhea. To prevent COVID-19 in kids, it's really important that children wash their hands, observe social distancing, and wear masks, even with their friends next door. (Children under the age of 2 should not wear masks due to risks of suffocation.) The coronavirus is very contagious and because people can carry it and not have symptoms, it’s best to maintain a social distance, especially with those who could get sick more easily such as grandparents too.
You should also be aware of a rare and sometimes-deadly inflammatory condition that strikes children and appears to be connected COVID-19. Called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, the condition has symptoms which include fevers, low blood pressure, rashes, red eyes, stomach upset, and inflammation of the heart and its arteries. Some of these symptoms overlap with toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease in children. If your child's fever lasts for more than 2 days, if your child develops any of the other symptoms mentioned, or if you’re worried, contact your doctor.
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