A MUM has shared photos of her baby boy’s unusual rash in order to warn parents of the symptoms of a common bug.
Catie Josey had been putting six-month-old Cody to bed on November 1, when she noticed large red marks on his stomach.
The 23-year-old from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, first thought they were mosquito bites, but was shocked when the rash actually turned out to be a sign of Covid-19.
Catie, who had worked as a Covid track and trace call handler said Cody had been quite warm, so she gave him some paracetamol to help lower his temperature.
But when he woke up crying, she noticed more marks on his back.
“We thought it was mosquito bites to begin with but it then spread quite rapidly. I took him to A&E where they tested him. When it came back it was Covid. The doctor explained that most parents aren’t aware that babies can get Covid rash,” she told the Derby Telegraph.
Now, she is aiming to spread the word on the signs of Covid that young children could present with.
She said that the rash on Cody had spread like ‘wildfire’ and that he was so warm he felt ‘like a radiator’.
“He was drinking fine was a bit fussy the day before, eating fine & plenty of wet and dirty nappies.
“Turns out he had Covid, still testing positive and now I am too after two years of avoiding it. His symptoms started Tuesday afternoon,” she added.
Covid cases have fallen in recent weeks, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) states.
The strain currently circulating, Omicron, is milder than those that came before it, studies have shown.
In most cases, the virus causes cold-like symptoms in people and the NHS says that kids usually have a mild illness that gets better in a few days.
Guidance states that you or your child could experience a high temperature, a cough, change to sense of smell or taste, a headache or feeling tired.
You may also have a shortness of breath, an aching body, a sore throat, a blocked or running nose, a loss of appetite, diarrhoea or you may feel or be sick.
The NHS says that if your child has Covid then they should stay at home and avoid contact with others.
Guidance states: “They can go back to school, college or childcare when they feel better or do not have a high temperature.
“If your child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or mild cough, and they feel well enough, they can go to school, college or childcare.
“Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands after using or throwing away tissues.”
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