Coronavirus symptoms in children: Mum whose baby has COVID-19 shares signs to look out for

Coronavirus has now become a reality of life with daily updates on new infections and death cases. The main symptoms of the virus listed by the NHS include a high temperature and a new, continuous cough. Some experts have suggested symptoms in children appear much milder. But a mother has now issued a warning – what signs of the virus to look out for in babies. 


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Laura Pearson, from Cardiff, Wales described her experience after her six-month-old son, Gruff, fell extremely ill.

This was after Laura’s partner developed symptoms including a high temperature, chills, aches and a mild cough. 

The highly infectious virus spread to their son and he began developing his own symptoms.

The panic-stricken mother was alerted to her baby’s poor health when he started developing the following four symptoms.

Laura told Wales Online: “He developed an on-and-off dry cough, but then began feeling very hot.

I called our GP because I couldn’t get through on the NHS 111 helpline and we were told to monitor his condition via the website, which was set up by medical researchers at Cardiff University.”

But, as Gruff’s temperature hit 39 degrees, Laura put a request to friends on Facebook for a new thermometer as they were questioning whether it could be broken due to the high numbers recorded.

Laura noticed Gruff began developing high temperatures, chills, aches and a mild cough.


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“Gruff was crying in pain and inconsolable so we rang the out-of-hours GP number and they advised us to go to the hospital,” said Laura.

Gruff was also suffering with blood diarrhoea which some medics have now called another possible symptom of coronavirus.

Laura and her husband took Griff to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. 

Gruff was admitted to a coronavirus triage centre set up at the onsite Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital.


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Gruff was able to be seen by doctors to determine the cause of his symptoms.

Laura said: “The staff there were great and Gruff was assessed by a very nice doctor behind a face shield and mask.

“He told us he had all the classic signs of the illness. We were then told to go home, look after him and self-isolate for two weeks.

“Now, as both my partner and Gruff seem to be over the worst of it, the biggest danger is that I get it too.”

Laura’s horrific ordeal comes as a warning to other parents to notice any unusual signs in your baby which include a dry cough, high temperature, bloody diarrhoea, chills and aches.

What is now confirmed about the coronavirus is that it is a highly infectious respiratory infection which is spread in cough droplets.

The NHS strongly advises:  “Always wash your hands, use hand sanitiser gel, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve, put used tissues in the bin immediately and avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus.”

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