Coronavirus in kids: Children at risk of long Covid
As UK studies are now confirming, kids under the age of 16 can develop long Covid too.
Estimates suggest that of the children surveyed in the UK, 13% of children aged 2-11, 14.5% of kids aged 12-16, and 17% of young adults continued to exhibit COVID-like symptoms upto 5 weeks after testing negative for the virus.
Regardless, here are some of the most common long-haul symptoms recorded amongst kids having recovered from Covid-19:
- Exhausting fatigue
. Researchers are now finding evidence that kids can have a harder time battling fatigue, experience pain in their joints, thighs, head, hands and legs long after fighting the infection.
- Sleep disturbances
Poor sleep patterns are linked to a lot many growth, cognitive and developmental deficits in kids aged between 2-16. Insomnia is also a symptom that is seen in kids and adults suffering from long Covid.
- Sensory impairment
As per a London-based analysis of post-COVID symptoms like- ear pain, altered taste, poor or blurred vision, touch, smell in children, younger babies and toddlers may also be at the risk of experiencing sensory impairment.
- Mood swings
Children suffering from long COVID are also more prone to showcase mood swings in their growth years. About 10% of kids reported suffering from memory problems.
- Gastrointestinal problems
Gastrointestinal symptoms like gut trouble, stomach pain and digestive issues are a common complaint being observed in kids during the symptomatic stage of their infections right now.
- Headaches and dizziness
Preliminary research has also showcased that dizziness and some other neurological problems could also affect younger children post a COVID attack. Acute headaches, dizziness, fatigue could be a key symptom to be looked at.