WATCH — What are COVID-19 symptoms in kids?

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • 2020-08-21 06:00

Here are the signs to watch for

How will you know if you have COVID-19?

Kids usually only experience mild symptoms.

In fact, some kids who catch the coronavirus don’t experience any symptoms at all.

Those who do often feel like they have a cold or a bit of a stomach bug.

And, every so often, kids experience some surprising symptoms, too. Ever heard of COVID toes?

Watch the video for a symptoms checklist:

Very rare syndrome

You may have also heard about a rare syndrome that a very small number of kids get after catching COVID-19.

Because it’s so new, doctors haven’t even settled on a name for it yet.

It’s been called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS) and other names as well.

Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn, director of medical affairs for the Canadian Paediatric Society, told CBC Kids News in June that kids don’t know they have the condition until a few weeks after they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus.

She said it’s a post-infectious inflammatory condition, which basically means “the immune system gets all revved up and excited about something that happened in the past.”

The symptoms include fever, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash and inflammation near the heart.

Although it can be serious, Moore Hepburn said there are treatments available to help kids who have it.

The other good news? It’s extremely rare. Like, super duper rare.

Don’t believe us? Moore Hepburn is pretty convincing. Check this out:

Be sure to watch these videos for more information about COVID-19:


TOP IMAGE CREDIT: (Allison Cake/CBC)

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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