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The unexpected COVID-19 symptom parents need to know about

What you need to know about "COVID toes." 👇

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Parenting in a pandemic is so hard and we're all doing our best to keep our kids healthy, and that means adhering to social distancing recommendations and contacting local health authorities if our kids have symptoms. We know fever, cough and shortness of breath are among the most common symptoms of COVID-19, but there is a less expected symptom parents are now learning about: so-called "COVID toes."


Back in early March a small study out of Italy documented skin problems on COVID-19 patients and found about 20% of the people in the small study (only 88 people) had a dermatological issue. Early data suggests kids are experiencing this symptom of COVID-19, sometimes in the absence of other symptoms.

On March 8, A 13-year-old boy in Italy was treated for foot lesions, and his pediatrician noted that a couple days later he developed the more typical symptoms of COVID-19. Now, dermatologists and pediatricians around the world are aware of and documenting cases of "COVID toes."

What parents need to know:

Reports of pediatric cases of COVID toes are limited at this time and most published reports are of adult patients.

This makes sense because the CDC's data suggests children are way less likely to become seriously ill if they contract the virus, compared to adults. But if your child gets a rash, lesion or papule on their feet or hands you should call your medical care provider and be on the lookout for other COVID-19 symptoms, like a fever.

The internet is calling this phenomenon "COVID toes" but it can also appear on a child's hands. In an interview with CTV News, Dr. Ebbing Lautenbach, chief of infectious disease at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, says the lesions can look like blue or purple bumps and hurt or feel warm to the touch.
"They are often painful when you touch them and some people also describe feeling hot or burning," Lautenbach explains. "They've been demonstrated to be an early sort of physical manifestation of COVID, at least in some patients."

Bottom line: COVID toes are not an internet myth and are something parents should be on the lookout for. If you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19 call your doctor. If anyone is having trouble breathing, call 911.



Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

Tina Meeks

Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!

$4.99

Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!

$19.99

Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.

$9.99

A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.

$24.99

A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.

$14.99

Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)

$19.99

Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.

$14.99

A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.

$9.99

This article was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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