Kawasaki disease: Symptoms to look out for as children contracts coronavirus-linked illness

Parents and carers should look out for a series of symptoms if they’re concerned their children may have contracted Kawasaki disease.

While many questions remain around the illness – such as whether it is linked to the coronavirus – it is believed to have affected 12 children across the UK so far.null

According to the NHS, Kawasaki disease mainly affects children under the age of five and is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

The primary symptom that parents and carers should look out for is a high temperature that last for five days or more.

In addition, a young Kawasaki sufferer may also have a rash, red eyes and swollen glands around the neck.

Dry, cracked lips and red fingers or toes are also tell-tale signs of the disease.

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