Long Covid pediatric, a study identifies symptoms in 40% of children

The largest survey to date conducted on lang Covid under 14 and published it The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health reports it 40% of the little ones who are healthy after the disease have symptoms of post-infection syndrome. It is abdominal pain, marks on the skin, mood problems, a feeling of fatigue and even problems with concentration and memory. In this age group they would hold at least a few monthswhich then is the minimum duration identified by the WHO to be able to talk about long Covid.

The Danish study, in which the authors naturally recommend an in-depth study of the topic “to better understand the pandemic’s long-term consequences for children”, actually opens a new chapter on how Covid is experienced by young people and adds an important element to guide future diagnostic processes, care and decisions regarding measures such as vaccination, as well as any new containment measures.

“Our results – he explains Selina Kikkenborg Berg Copenhagen University Hospital – says that although children who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 are more likely to experience long-term symptoms than those without a previous Covid diagnosis, the pandemic has affected all aspects of all young people’s lives»In terms of« quality of life ». As if to say that for the youngest, the long Covid is also and above all psychological, the result of isolation measures and habits overturned for long periods. Among other things, the 0-14 interval had previously been slightly studied compared to long Covid: Most of the previous studies had focused on adolescents, with infants and children underrepresented.

Mothers or guardians under the age of 14 infected with Sars-CoV-2 between January 2020 and July 2021 were therefore sent questionnaires. The goal was precisely to examine a list of 23 symptoms of long pediatric Covid is considered to be more common after a study from January 2021, which uses the criteria of the World Health Organization to define the post-virus syndrome, ie. taking into account persistent symptoms for more than two months.

Finally, the study assessed responses for almost 11 thousand children who had experienced a Covid-19 infection, which was compared to those involving over 33,000 never positive results. And it turned out that in the age group 0-3 years were 40% of those who had Covid have had symptoms for more than two monthsagainst 27% of the control group; among 4-11-year-olds the percentages were 38%, while among 12-14-year-olds 46% and 41%. The most common disorders were mood swings, skin rashes and abdominal pain for those under 3 years of age; mood swings, difficulty remembering or concentrating and rash among 4-11-year-olds, and finally fatigue, mood swings and difficulty remembering or concentrating in 12-14-year-olds.

I am common symptoms in childrenand often not specifically associated with long-term Covid, but according to the study, those under 14 who had received a positive diagnosis of Covid-19, more likely to experience these disorders in the long termcompared to those who have never been infected with Sars-CoV-2. For the authors, it is an unequivocal signal that the reported disturbances were the aftermath of Covid. As evidence, the fact is that about one-third of children who had been covid-positive complained of symptoms they had never experienced before the infection. Furthermore, as the duration of the disorders increased, the percentage of those who presented them tended to decline, in a typically long Covid trend.

Work, like all studies, has gods borders. E.g long period the course between the Covid diagnosis and the examination. “However, our results are in line with previous studies of long Covid in adolescents – adds Kikkenborg Berg – who showed that although the chances of children suffering from long Covid are low, especially compared to control groups, this syndrome must be recognized and treated very seriously. Further research – he repeats – will be useful to better understand these symptoms and the long-term consequences of the pandemic on children.

Maren Rytter from the University of Copenhagen, who were not involved in the study, commented that although “the study found that symptoms of any kind were slightly more frequent in children infected with Sars-CoV-2”, in the age groups considered “the overall effect” that have Covid-19 is likely to be small and much smaller than the impact of the indirect effects of the pandemic. For most children with nonspecific symptoms after Covid-19, the disorders are more likely to be caused by something other than Covid, and if they are related to Covid-19, they are likely to go away over time.

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