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COVID symptom in children that signals Omicron infection

Omicron is still spreading, and children are getting infected too.

child coughing, could be a symptom of Omicron infection

There is one specific symptom that may help you identify if your child has been infected with Omicron.


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What to watch for

Omicron acts differently in children than adults. The variant tends to attack the upper airways more than the lungs. This is because children have smaller airways. Find more details here.

The symptom that signals an Omicron infection in kids is a cough. If they have an infection the cough will sound “croup-like.”

Children may experience more COVID-19 symptoms than adults with an Omicron infection.

Based on the ZOE COVID-19 study, some other common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Cough

The COVID-19 could change the duration and severity of symptoms, but the data on that is still unclear.

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