NHS doctors have been sent an urgent alert warning of a rise in kids admitted to intensive care with a coronavirus-related condition.
Medics have been warned of an apparent spike in cases of youngsters suffering with an “inflammatory syndrome” in the last few weeks.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Society said that the unidentified condition requires intensive care – with cases reported across the UK.
They say the syndrome has the characteristics of serious Covid-19, while abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms, like vomiting and diarrhoea have also been seen by doctors.
Doctors also warned the cases have features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki Disease, an inflammatory condition that attacks blood vessels and the heart.
These conditions can cause harmful internal swelling, fever and breathing problems – which are all also the main symptoms of coronavirus.
But as it appears to be a completely new condition, the exact warning signs are unclear.
In the alert, sent to GPs in North London, health chiefs said: “There is growing concern that a [Covid-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK.
“Over the last three weeks, there has been an apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multi-system inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions of the UK.”