Covid Can Have Prolonged Effects On Children: States Recent Study

| Updated: June 23, 2022 6:31 pm

Children can experience symptoms lasting at least two months, according to the largest study of Covid-19 symptoms performed to date among children aged 0-14 years.

An article published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health found that children 0-3 years old most commonly experienced mood swings, rashes, and stomachaches. The most common reported symptoms among children aged 4-11 were mood swings, trouble remembering and concentrating, and fatigue, as well as trouble remembering and concentrating among 12-14 year old’s.

As part of the study, survey data was collected from children aged 0-14 years in Denmark.

According to the study, children with Covid-19 are more likely to experience at least one symptom lasting more than two months following infection than children who do not have Covid-19.

“In older age groups (ages 12-14 years), quality of life scores were higher and reports of anxiety were lower for children who had tested positive for Covid-19 than children who had not, likely linked to awareness about the pandemic and societal restrictions,” the study stated.

In most previous studies of long-term memory among young people, the focus was on adolescents; infants and toddlers were rarely included. The authors of this study believe that an understanding of long Covid in children will guide recognition, caregiving strategies, and societal strategies such as lockdowns and vaccinations. Research is needed to understand the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on children in general.

A survey was sent to the mother or guardian of children between the ages of 0-14 who tested positive for Covid-19 between January 2020 and July 2021. In total, responses were received for almost 11,000 children with a positive Covid-19 test result who were matched by age and sex to more than 33,000 children who had never tested positive for Covid-19.

The survey asked participants about the 23 most common symptoms of long Covid in children and used the World Health Organization definition of long Covid as symptoms lasting more than two months.\

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