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Covid-19 in children: What to look out for and when to seek medical help

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published Aug 24, 2021

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AS the Delta variant continues to drive an upsurge in Covid cases across the country, more children are testing positive for the coronavirus.

In KwaZulu-Natal, two primary school girls succumbed to the virus.

Grade 7 pupil Katelyn Pillay passed away just days after she tested positive.

Her death came just days after 9-year-old Shanika Balsaring succumbed to Covid-19. She was a Grade 4 pupil at the Acaciavale Primary School in Ladysmith. According to the Ladysmith Herald, Shanika and her whole family had been infected by Covid-19.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases said parents and guardians should immediately seek urgent help if their child's condition deteriorates.

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"Difficulty breathing or catching his or her breath, inability to keep down any liquids, new confusion or inability to awaken and bluish lips are warning signs in a child," the NICD said.

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The Institution said some children may have gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhoea or vomiting. They can also experience sore throat, excessive fatigue or diarrhoea.

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The NICD said studies are ongoing about how Covid affects children and why they usually get a milder disease.

Meanwhile, several schools across KZN continue to confirm Covid positive cases among teachers and learners.

According to the Department of Basic Education, between 50% and 75% of learning that takes place during a normal school year had been lost. The department said the pandemic has reversed gains made over the last two decades.

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