Children who are hospitalized with the coronavirus are at increased risk for chronic fatigue and other long-term symptoms. This is according to the preliminary results of a medical study.
During the study, researchers interviewed the parents of more than 500 children who were treated for COVID-19 during April-August 2020 at a hospital in the Russian capital, Moscow.
They found that a quarter of the children still had symptoms five months after returning home. The most common of these were fatigue, sleep, and censorship problems.
Preliminary results of the study by a team of international scientists were not published in a medical journal but were published on an online preprint server.
These results are not conclusive, but preliminary data indicate that children with COVID-19 are at risk of developing long COVID-19 symptoms even after the onset of the disease.
Of the 518 children in the study, 24% had symptoms that persist 7 to 9 hours after being discharged from the hospital.10% reported fatigue, 7% reported sleep disturbances and 6% reported sensory problems.
Children who reach the age of puberty have a higher risk of long COVID than young children, or a history of allergies increases the risk. The researchers said, although the results are preliminary, doctors should take the possibility of long COVID in children seriously.
He said, need to be determined. “the results show that this is an important issue. Fatigue is the most common problem. We are not talking about fatigue for a day or two, but fatigue that persists and the reason for it.”
According to the study, fatigue was seen in 16% of children as soon as they came out of the hospital, and after a few months, the rate dropped to 12%. But since then the rate has slowed, with 11% of children still having the problem after 7 months.
Similarly, after discharge from the hospital, more than 8% of children experienced a loss of sense of smell, which improved over time, but about 6% reported the problem seven months later.
There is a lot of work being done in adults regarding long COVID and it is considered to be an important issue but so far not much research has been done in this regard in children.
Following the preliminary results, the researchers now sought information from parents about the children’s health before and after going to the hospital.
He said the persistence of one or more symptoms after discharge affects children’s health. Other hospitals, such as Sweden and Italy, have also recently reported cases of long COVID in children.
However, the new study looked at data from just one hospital, and if the number of children is not high, it is still difficult to say how common or undiagnosed this long COVID problem is.