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She says one study found that children can have a higher COVID viral load in their nose, despite having minimal symptoms, which could mean they are more likely to spread the virus to others who might be more vulnerable like older family members. She explains it is not known why kids have higher viral loads and she calls for further studies.
How To Spot COVID in Kids?
Dr. Jen notes just how difficult it may be too spot the virus in children. She says they can have symptoms like headaches, fevers, coughs, and sore throats. She tells Dr. Ian Smith that children are more likely to have a sore throat as a symptom when compared to adults with the virus. She also says that children can have symptoms like stomach ache, vomiting, and diarrhea with COVID. She stresses to parents that children should stay home if they have any of these symptoms and not interact with others.
Dr. Jen also weighs in on education issues many kids and parents are navigating during the pandemic. Her tips for optimal remote learning include:
- Have a dedicated space where the child does their work and takes part in online class sessions
- Keep supplies close by
- If possible, equip the space with a large screen and headphones
- Make sure there are plenty of breaks for the child to work off their energy
The pediatrician additionally stresses that kids get the flu shot this year and visit a pediatrician for things like wellness checks for hearing and vision, along with checkups on their emotional health, noting depression and anxiety are common for kids right now.
Find out what Dr. Jen suggests parents do when they feel their child is regressing due to the stress and life changes related to the pandemic, in the video below.