Coronavirus / COVID-19 (Pediatric): Symptoms Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Pamela L. Zeitlin, MD, MPhil, PhD (August 31, 2020) Symptoms of COVID-19 in Children In cases reported around the globe, COVID-19 looks different in children than it does in adults. Generally, most kids appear to be asymptomatic with mild to moderate disease. When children do have symptoms of coronavirus, they are less severe than symptoms that adults experience. Most kids recover within one to two weeks after symptoms appear. Children are less likely to report symptoms, so parents need to watch and ask how their kids are feeling. The most common COVID-19 symptoms in children are: Fever Cough Shortness of breath Less common symptoms in kids include: Fatigue Nasal congestion Diarrhea Abdominal pain Vomiting Nausea Chills or shaking chills Muscle pain Headache New loss of taste or smell Pediatric Symptoms that Require Emergency Medical Attention: Difficulty breathing Chest pressure or pain Confusion High fever Neck pain Blue or white face, fingers, or toes Inability to stay awake Severe stomach pain Risk Factors & Complications for Kids Children with chronic asthma and other respiratory diseases, heart disease, immune-related diseases, cancer and obesity have an increased risk of getting COVID-19. These kids also are more vulnerable to serious complications including: Organ failure Breathing with a ventilator Sepsis Heart failure Blood clots Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Doctors around the country are reporting that some kids who previously had COVID-19 are experiencing inflammation in the skin, eyes, blood vessels or heart. This new syndrome has been named Multisystem-Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), formerly referred to as pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, or PIMS. It is rare and does not seem to be affecting a large number of children. Learn more. More on COVID-19 Do I Have Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms? EPA-Registered Disinfecting Products for Consumers Why Flu Shots Are Important During COVID-19 Your Mental Health and COVID-19 View More Coronavirus / COVID-19 (Pediatric): Prevention Coronavirus / COVID-19 (Pediatric): Diagnosis Programs & Services Acute Respiratory Clinic Acute Respiratory Clinic (Pediatric) Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.