OMICRON has triggered a rise in babies being admitted to hospital with Covid – but most only get a fever and a runny nose.
Data shows 42 per cent of child Covid patients are now younger than one, up from 31 per cent in waves of earlier variants.
But top doctors on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) say the tots are not getting sick and most are admitted as a precaution.
A Sage report revealed babies younger than one have made up a majority of childhood admissions since December.
But there have only been 171 of them, with a study finding just one out of 55 needed intensive care because of a high fever.
It is in line with a string of hugely positive studies which found Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated – with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.
Professor Calum Semple, a Sage adviser and doctor at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, said: “These are not particularly sick infants.
“They’re coming in for short periods of time for investigations.”
Dr Camilla Kingdon, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “I follow up our most high-risk preterm babies.
“Most of them in my clinic have had Omicron in the last four weeks – or their families have – and none of them have come to any harm.
“In fact, most of the mothers are reporting a runny nose, a little bit off their feet and some low grade fever.
“We need to watch this space but, from around the country at the moment, the picture is a reassuring one.”
Prof Russell Viner, who works at Great Ormond Street and is a professor at University College London, added: “The average length of stay was really low and almost none of them needed oxygen or other help.