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Mood swings and stomach pain, Long Covid in 4 out of 10 children – Medicine

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Mood swings and stomach pain, Long Covid in 4 out of 10 children – Medicine


The symptoms of Long Covid affect about 4 out of 10 children under 14 who are cured of Sars-CoV-2, last at least a couple of months and often involve gastrointestinal disorders or difficulty concentrating. To study them in depth, the largest study conducted so far on the subject and published in the journal ‘The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health‘.

Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital included children aged 0-14 who had had a positive swab between January 1, 2020 and July 12, 2021, and a control group in the study. They then gave the families a questionnaire with questions on the 23 typical symptoms of long Covid. The answers obtained from 10,997 confirmed cases and 33,016 who had never had the disease show that the under 14 of the first group were more likely to manifest long-term disorders and on average they lasted for more than 2 months. In particular, between 0 and 3 years, 40% of those who had had Covid showed symptoms, compared to 27% of those who had not had it, and the most frequent disorders were mood swings, skin rashes and stomach pain. . In the 4-11 age group they were 38% compared to 34% and mainly reported mood swings, difficulty concentrating, skin rashes. While, among the 12-14 year olds, 46% of those who had Covid and 41% of the control group had had symptoms and, in this case, it was mostly fatigue, mood swings and difficulty concentrating. .

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“Our findings reveal that although children diagnosed with Covid are more likely to experience long-lasting symptoms than children without a previous diagnosis, the pandemic has affected every aspect of life for all young people. They will be important for the future. further research on the long-term consequences of the pandemic on all children, “says lead researcher, Selina Kikkenborg Berg.

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