What is ‘croup’, a new symptom associated with Ómicron in children under 5 years of age

Qué es el ‘croup’, un nuevo síntoma asociado con Ómicron en menores de 5 años

The Acute laryngotracheitis, or ‘croup’ it is a symptom that has been found every time more often in children under five ineligible for the vaccine, same that has associated with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Is a very hoarse cough which in some cases causes breathing difficulties. Is caused by inflammation of the larynx and trachea.

Too manifests with stridor, a perceptible sound in children’s breathing, especially when they are crying or agitated. However, if it is noticeable when the child is at rest, it is urgent to find medical attention, since the inflammation could be preventing and not only making it difficult for the child to breathe.

Although it is not exclusive to covid-19, since has been found in other respiratory viruses, is being found very frequently in cases of the Omicron variant in minors because this mostly affects the upper respiratory tract, not the lungs, as did other variants.

Doctors consider that most children suffer from it at some point.

Quoted by NBC News, Buddy Creech, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, explains that “young children have such narrow upper airways that minimal swelling is needed to block them”.

In addition to the instructions given by the doctor, you can consult with him if it is convenient for the treatment of the minor to use a humidifier and take fresh air.

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