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She first thought the marks were insect bites
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A mum from Derbyshire has warned other parents after she suddenly discovered a strange rash on her baby. Catie Josey, 23, from Long Eaton, is now a full-time mum after previously working as a Covid track and trace call handler.
She was putting her six-month-old son, Cody, to bed last Tuesday, November 1, when she suddenly noticed the large red marks on his stomach. After first thinking they were mosquito bites, she then grew concerned and took him to A&E.
Professionals tested Cody – who is now back to his chirpy self – and found out that he had in fact caught Covid-19, with these unusual skin marks being a symptom of the disease that few parents would recognise.
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Ms Josey said: "I was putting him to bed, and he was quite warm. I gave to paracetamol but he woke up crying. I then changed his bum and noticed on his belly there were two marks, and three on his back.
"We thought it was mosquito bites to begin with but it then spread quite rapidly. I took him to A&E where they tested him. When it came back it was Covid. The doctor explained that most parents aren't aware that babies can get Covid rash.
"I know someone and her baby ended up with sepsis because she didn't listen to anybody about it. They took a turn for the worst."
Now Ms Josey aims to spread the word and warn more mothers using her experience, so they know what to do if their young son or daughter gets infected.
She posted on Facebook: "Some of you are aware but I had to take Cody to hospital on Wednesday as he came up with a weird rash all over his front and back but spread like wildfire all over his belly, back and bum. He was burning up with a temperature of 38.8 literally felt like he was a radiator.
"He was drinking fine was a bit fussy the day before, eating fine & plenty of wet and dirty nappies. Turns out he had covid, still testing positive and now I am too after two years of avoiding it. His symptoms started Tuesday afternoon.
"I’ll attach the photos of the rash as it progressed over three to four hours but to begin with it was a prickly rash with mosquito bite looking marks. I didn’t get photos as I was too busy panicking. The doctor said a lot of people don’t realise babies get the Covid rash as it’s rare."
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