Sick children who may have been exposed to the coronavirus are denied testing for the deadly virus, according to their parents.
The NHS has urged general practitioners to look for a new coronavirus-related “inflammatory syndrome” that has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease.
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However, parents have reported that their children have not been tested for the deadly virus because they are not considered in the risk category.
One concerned parent was Gemma Brown, whose son Bertie Brown developed a rash and high temperature soon after his father contracted a coronavirus.
She told the Daily Mail, “I tried to stay positive, but at one point I thought he was going to die.
“The doctors in the PPE kit said that his condition was not related to the coronavirus. I asked for it to be tested because I felt there was a connection, but they said they did not test children under the age of five. “
The two-year-old was eventually diagnosed with Kawasaki disease.
But Droitwich Spa dental nurse Worcs said she now feared differently.
According to NHS England, 20 children in the UK have been treated in intensive care for Kawasaki disease.
Kawasaki disease causes inflammation of the artery walls, causing fever, flaking of the skin, and joint pain.
It is thought to affect mainly children up to the age of five.
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Another child developed similar symptoms, baby George, whose mom Melanie Cook, 38, was terrified of developing red eyes, a rash, a cough, and a fever.
George was diagnosed with conjunctivitis, cellulite and scarlet fever during his five-week illness, but after reading the symptoms associated with the new condition, Ms. Cook is confident that this is what her son had.
She said her baby boy did not respond to the antibiotic treatment.
Hull’s mom said, “It all makes sense now. I just don’t know where it came from but it was five weeks of absolute grief – it was just horrible.
“My granddaughter even told me” do you think we are going to lose him mom? “.
“He’s just such a happy little boy but he didn’t get better and I knew it myself – mom’s instinct. I just knew there was something. “
This comes after the NHS sounded the alarm for the first time late last month about the new disease, warning of a small increase in the number of children infected with a coronavirus who have “characteristics that overlap: toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and atypical Kawasaki disease ”.
TSS is the place where bacteria enter the body and release harmful toxins that also cause temperature and flu-like symptoms
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “very concerned about reports of the rare but serious set of symptoms in children.”
Some, but not all, children with signs of this new condition have tested positive for the coronavirus.
However, it is not yet clear whether there is a direct link to Covid-19.
Public Health England is studying, as NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “It is really too early to tell if there is a connection. “
Signs to watch for
Health leaders said in an alert to general practitioners that the signs were:
- Stomach pain
- Gastrointestinal symptoms – such as vomiting and diarrhea
Meanwhile, the mysterious condition has been compared to toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and Kawasaki disease.
The signs of TSS are:
- High temperature
- Flu-like symptoms, such as headache, feeling cold, body aches, sore throat, and cough
- Feel and be sick
- Generalized rash similar to a burn
- Lips, tongue and white of the eyes turning bright red
- Dizziness or fainting
- Difficulty breathing
Signs of Kawasaki disease include:
- Skin rash
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Dry and chapped lips
- Red fingers or toes
- red eyes
Another doctor treating patients with the new “inflammatory syndrome” said his patients were between the ages of two and 18.
Damien Bonnet, head of pediatric cardiology at Necker Hospital, said they had a series of “symptoms, including gastrointestinal, respiratory” as well as heart problems.
Dr. Sood added that while frightening, most recover from the disease without serious problems.
This comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock smashed his coronavirus test target – delivering 120,000 in 24 hours.
A huge ramp-up on the last day of the month meant that 40,000 more coronavirus tests were done, according to government data.
Some accused the government of manipulating the figures to reach the test target.
The death toll from coronavirus in the UK has now reached more than 27,000 with more than 177,000 cases.
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