One-quarter of kids hospitalized with COVID-19 or MIS-C still experience symptoms months later, according to new research. Many parents, especially those with children who have special needs or who have had behavioral issues in the past, are worried about their children’s safety since the pandemic began.
The fact that nobody had ever seen this virus before, not even scientists or doctors, was the scariest part of the pandemic. They picked up information along the way about the virus’s effect on young people. Once it was believed that children were immune to the virus, the world now knows otherwise.
New research published in Medical Xpress raises alarming questions about the long-term health of children who contract the virus or MIS-C (which is triggered by the virus) and are hospitalized.
Boston Children’s Hospital conducted the research presented in its entirety here. Patients hospitalized for either of these conditions were found to be experiencing symptoms between two and four months after their initial hospitalization.
Both their symptoms and their ability to participate in normal activities lingered, which is difficult for a child. This study surveyed parents of hospitalized minors between May 2020 and May 2021.
Despite the lack of vaccines, nearly eighty percent of those at risk took part in the study.
This is a list of all the participants:
Forty percent of the people were diagnosed with “acute” COVID-19.
Sixty percent of the patients were diagnosed with MIS-C, and between fifty and eighty-six percent of the patients required intensive care unit admission due to their medical conditions.
Two-thirds of patients with acute COVID-19 and thirty percent of patients with MIS-C continued to experience disabling symptoms at the 2- and 4-month follow-ups, respectively.
The findings that three quarters had returned to pre-change levels were positive, according to the researchers.
Fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, headaches, muscle and body aches, and fever were the most frequently observed symptoms among the children who still exhibited symptoms.
They also discovered that those with a diagnosis of MIS-C were more likely to experience activity impairment.
About 7% of the population experienced significant declines in mobility, preventing them from engaging in the level of physical activity they once did.
About 8% of people were getting significantly more sleep than usual.
All the more reason for parents to keep the virus in mind and take precautions to keep their children safe.
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