BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – On Friday, Jan. 14, the Louisiana Department of Health reported about 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for children under five, and unfortunately, some require hospitalization.
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital says there are more than 10 children that age in their hospital beds. Doctors say that since these children cannot be vaccinated, this had to be done.
Mother of three, Devin Neal, says she got COVID from a relative. Her husband and her 2-year-old recently got over the virus.
“The 2-year-old had an occasional fever for about four days. He had a runny nose, that was it. He ended up getting an ear infection during,” Neal said.
As a mother, she was worried, but luckily everyone was fine. “I was constantly checking their breathing, watching their fever. I was concerned if it turned out to be the worst, what would happen. Luckily it didn’t, but I know that for some people it does,” Neal said.
Although the number of children in hospital with COVID is still small, the number is growing.
“Children under five cannot be vaccinated, so they rely on others being vaccinated to protect them, and only the sheer number of COVID cases is due to Omicron. Some kind of kids have to get infected because it has nowhere else to go,” says Dr. Michael Bolton, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Facility for 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.
“Use medicine to calm a fever if they have one, make sure your child’s breathing is okay. If they have a runny nose, congestion, cough. If you’re concerned, let your pediatrician know,” said Dr. Bolton.
However, doctors like Bolton say the best advice hasn’t changed, masking and getting vaccinated to protect the kids who can’t.
Bolton adds that the flu and the common cold sometimes have similar symptoms to the Omicron variety. If parents start seeing those symptoms and are concerned, it’s best to get tested and talk to your pediatrician.
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