Paediatricians say the incidence of Covid-19 developing into a serious condition in children remains extremely low

The Faculty of Paediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland said today that the incidence of Covid-19 developing into a serious condition in children is extremely low

The HSE confirmed on Tuesday that a small number of children, less than 5 had presented with a possible inflammatory condition which may be linked to Covid-19.

Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics said that while parents should not be unduly concerned, they should seek medical advice as usual if they are concerned about their children.

While children can contract the Coronavirus infection, it is rarely severe and this has been confirmed by the low numbers of children with Covid-19 who have needed admission to hospital. Following the advice of the Department of Health and HSE to reduce risk of transmission in the communityis very important. As always, parents should contact their GP if they are concerned about their child’s health. Every effort is being taken in our hospitals and GP surgeries to limit any risk of contracting Coronavirus. Careful measures are in place to separate and protect patients to protect from Covid-19 infection and to provide safe care.

Dr Ellen Crushell

Dean, Faculty of Paediatrics

On Tuesday, the HSE confirmed that a very low number of children had presented with a possible inflammatory condition which may be linked to Covid-19, with similar characteristics to Kawasaki disease, a rare inflammatory disease, and paediatricians have been alerted to the possible association.

Prof Karina Butler, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases said,

“It’s right we know about it to guide us in terms of our investigations, but it’s not likely that it’s going to be a common event. It’s a rare thing, but it’s an important rare thing to know about. There are normally between 20 and 30 cases a year of illnesses like Kawasaki disease in Ireland, of which usually only one would be severe.”