Doctors warn parents to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 in children 5 and under

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – On Friday, Jan. 14, the Louisiana Department of Health reported approximately 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 in children under the age of five, and sadly some have to go to the hospital.

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital says there are more than 10 children in this age range in their hospital beds. Doctors say that since these children cannot be vaccinated, it had to happen.

Mother-of-three Devin Neal says she contracted COVID from a family member. Her husband and 2-year-old child recently overcame the virus.

“The 2-year-old child had a fever for about four days, intermittently. He had a runny nose, that was about it. He ended up having an ear infection during,” Neal said.

As a mom, she was worried, but luckily everyone ended up being fine. “I was constantly checking the breathing, I was monitoring their fevers. I was worried if it was going to turn out for the worst, what was going to happen. Thankfully that’s not the case, but I know for some people it is,” Neal said.

While the number of children in hospital with COVID is still low, the number is growing.

“Children under five cannot be vaccinated, so they rely on others to get vaccinated to protect them, and only the number of COVID cases is due to Omicron. Some kind of kids have to get infected because they can’t go anywhere else,” said Dr Michael Bolton, head of the pediatric infectious disease facility at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Bolton says if a child gets COVID-19, there are a few symptoms to watch out for.

“Using medicine to calm the fever if he has any, make sure your child’s breathing is normal. If they have a runny nose, congestion, cough. If you’re worried, let your pediatrician know,” Dr. Bolton said.

However, doctors like Bolton say the best advice hasn’t changed, mask up and get vaccinated to protect children who can’t.

Bolton adds that the flu and the common cold sometimes have similar symptoms to the Omicron variant. If parents are starting to see these symptoms and are concerned, the best thing to do is get tested and talk to your pediatrician.

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