While the symptoms associated with prolonged Covid are general illnesses that children can have even without Covid – headaches, mood swings, stomach problems and fatigue – children in the study who had previously tested positive for Covid were more likely to have at least one symptom. Two months or more of children who have not tested positive for Covid.
The study also revealed that a third of children who tested positive for Covid experienced at least one long-term symptom that was not present before testing positive.
The most common symptoms vary by age. For children up to 3 years old, it was about mood swings, rashes, and stomachaches. Children 4 to 11 years old also have problems with memory and concentration. For children aged 12 to 14, it was problems with memory, concentration, mood swings, and fatigue.
Children 3 years old and younger appeared to have the most problems compared to children who had not been diagnosed with Covid-19 – 40% experienced symptoms two months after they tested positive compared to 27% in the undiagnosed group.
Study co-author Selina Kickenburg-Berg said: “Our results are in line with previous studies of long and adolescent Covid showing that although the chances of children with prolonged Covid are particularly low compared to the control group, it should be recognized and treated seriously. “. , Professor of Cardiology at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
There are no specific tests for the long Covid virus. It’s not clear which children will get it, because it can happen even when a child has a mild case of Covid-19.
In addition to demonstrating the characteristics of long-term Covid disease in children, the study also showed that even children who did not have Covid felt the impact of the epidemic. That group reported fewer psychosocial problems than children with Covid.
Dr. Michael Absoud, a pediatrician who specializes in neurodevelopmental issues who was not involved in the study, told Science Media in the UK that he found this fact intriguing.
“The most surprising finding in this study is higher quality of life and lower anxiety scores in older children who tested positive for Covid-19. This provides additional confirmation that, although children are mercifully resilient to the direct effects of Covid, they have been affected Significantly due to the indirect effects of the pandemic (school closures, frequent quarantines, reduced treatments) and the alarming concern in media messages., and the urgent need to restore health and wellness services.”
“However, it is still important to identify the small percentage of children taking the longest to recover from COVID, while supporting all children with persistent symptoms regardless of the cause,” he added.
Dr. Amy Edwards, a pediatric infectious disease specialist who runs the Long Covid Clinic at UH Rainbow Hospital for Children and Children in Cleveland, did not work on the study, but said the work is important because it is more evidence that some children develop long-term Covid. .
She said that she still regularly meets people who do not believe in the existence of such a thing.
“There is a debate going on, both in the medical world and in society, about whether all these children are complaining of headaches, anxiety, stomach aches, dizziness, about whether this is Covid or the stress of the pandemic. Yes, the pandemic has affected children in a negative way, but then I Put Covid on top of that, and you’ll see that something is really going on here,” Edwards said.
Recognizing prolonged Covid could be an issue that may encourage more parents to vaccinate their children so that they do not contract Covid in the first place. Such studies may also encourage parents to look for symptoms, so that they can help the child if they need it.
“It is becoming clear that this is not an isolated phenomenon,” Edwards said. “It appears in studies in more than one country. It occurs in more children than we originally thought.” “We are talking about not a few children when you think about the number of cases of Covid there are. So just continuing to spread the word is important.”
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