Mum fears daughter, 2, had coronavirus-linked Kawasaki disease after rash left he looking like she'd been scalded

A MUM fears her two-year-old daughter had Kawasaki disease which has been linked to coronavirus after the toddler's skin "looked like someone had poured scaling water on her."

Little Erin Smiles was covered head-to-toe in a rash while battling raging fevers which resulted in three trips to hospital.

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Her mum, Victoria, from Washington in Sunderland, thinks she was one of the first in the country to have contracted the rare childhood illness.

Medical experts believe up to 100 children in the UK have been affected from the condition similar to Kawasaki disease, which has been linked to Covid-19.

Alexander Parsons, from Plymouth, died last month at Bristol Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with the Kawasaki disease.

Victoria Smiles fears her daughter Erin may have been one of the first in the UK to have got it.

The 30-year-old told the Newcastle Chronicle: "Looking at the photos of other children who had it, she had it 100 per cent.

"She had all the symptoms and I'm scared to think what could have happened."

Erin fell ill on January 12 and was put to bed with a high temperature after being given Calpol.

Victoria recalled: "She woke at 4.30am crying and her face was swollen, and her eyes half closed.

"I panicked and called 999 who sent an ambulance to take her to hospital, but she was sent away with Calpol and antihistamines.

"But I had her back at Sunderland Royal Hospital at 5pm, as her lips were starting to swell and the rash was head-to-toe."

Victoria said Erin's temperature hit 40 degrees and her hands "looked like balloons".

The mum-of-two added: "She was breathing fast for a week and each time the Calpol wore off, her temperature would go through the roof.

"The rash looked as if someone had poured scalding water on her. There was a bit of white skin, but the rest of her was just red.

"She just wasn't herself, she'd just lie on the sofa and was sleeping loads, and that isn't her at all.

"She's usually up, wanting to dance around and always asks me to put some music on.

"But she would say to me 'Mam, I can't walk – it hurts too much'."

Thankfully Erin, who has since enjoyed her third birthday, has now fully recovered after a series of blood tests failed to conclusively show what had caused her illness.

Kawasaki disease mainly affects children under the age of five, with symptoms including a high temperature, rashes, swelling and a toxic shock style response.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last month that experts are investigating the new syndrome in children "with great urgency" but has stressed it is rare.

Research led by Imperial College London is looking at the characteristics of those who have been admitted to hospital, while information regarding the illness is being shared across the international community.


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