A recent study suggested that: covid infection can increase paralysis risk in children. A small study conducted in the USA and published in the journal Pediatric Neurology examined medical charts and diagnostic codes to identify 16 hospital patients who suffered an ischemic stroke between March 2020 and June 2021, immediately following the increase in Covid pediatric cases. «What causes a clot in children may be the hyper-immune response that comes later,» said MaryGlen J. Vielleux, resident of pediatric neurology at the University of Utah Health and lead author of the study. «Overall, children have a relatively low risk for stroke. , but there is a rare but real risk after Covid,” he said. Long Covid in Children: How common, symptoms, treatment and all you want to know)
Founding President and Neonatologist, Cloudnine Hospitals Group, Bangalore. According to Kishore Kumar, while most children recover from the Covid infection without any major problems, very few show signs and symptoms described as MIS-C (short for Multi). Inflammatory System – Children) and newborn babies have been affected because pregnant mothers have contracted MIS-N (Multi Inflammatory System – Newborn) disease.
Dr Kumar says that MIS-C and MIS-N are multi-inflammatory-systemic diseases in children or newborns and the symptoms are triggered by the covid-19 infection, causing an inflammatory cascade that leads to the manifestations of the disease. newborn as a result of “direct infection” and indirect infection – covid-19 in mothers at the time of infection and antibodies/inflammation markers from mothers crossing the placenta, triggering inflammation in newborn babies.
«In both cases, the symptoms are multisystem, not explained by any other disease or known infection,» says the expert.
“The Covid-19 virus has variable characteristics, including its capacity and rate of transmission, as well as its short- and long-term effects. Some people show virtually no symptoms of disability, while others continue to struggle with illness even after they have recovered. Even children affected by the Covid-19 virus Although the majority are not as severely affected as adults, Covid-19 can cause a number of additional illnesses in children, even if they are minor or minor. Conditions are not serious and may resolve on their own.
Here are the ways Covid is affecting children’s health:
1. Intestinal bleeding, leg pains, stomachaches
«The most common thing we see are manifestations of blood – children suddenly develop poor coagulation either due to excessive clotting or elevated inflammatory markers that cause clot-related symptoms – for example leg pains, abdominal pains that persist despite all testing for the cause of these pains Negative and finally feeding various organs We found out that there are mini-clots in the blood vessels – including an increased incidence of pancreatitis or signs of bleeding from poor clotting, including intestinal bleeding,” says Dr Kishore Kumar.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare complication of Covid-19 in children, can cause inflammation in certain organs and tissues, including the brain, heart, lungs, blood vessels, kidneys, digestive system, skin and eyes.
“Coronavirus, like other viral diseases such as some types of flu, has the potential to directly infect and damage heart muscle tissue. Additionally, the body’s immune system response can indirectly damage the heart and inflame it. Amit Gupta, abdominal pain, skin rash, vomiting, «If you get COVID-19 for no apparent reason with one or more of the symptoms like diarrhea, bloodshot eyes, you should consult your pediatrician.»
3. Heart problems
“Another common condition we see is the heart is affected in various ways. Many children have enlarged blood vessels that supply blood to the heart – some improve after a few weeks, some continue for several months – requiring careful monitoring and treatment. Some children even have myocarditis, aka inflammation of the heart. Many of these improved within months,» says Dr Kumar.
4. Breathing problems
“Because Covid-19 typically affects the lungs, persistent respiratory symptoms are common. Chest pain, coughing, and increased difficulty breathing on exertion are some of these. Some of these symptoms may last for three months or longer. For children 6 years and older with persistent symptoms A pulmonary function test may be required. Children with breathing problems that do not go away with exercise may need heart tests to rule out complications such as blood clots,» says Dr Gupta.
5. Brain problems such as headaches, convulsions, hallucinations
«Many children developed brain symptoms – headaches, convulsions and very few had hallucinations – again most improved within a few weeks,» says Dr Kumar.
6. Behavioral problems and mental health
“The mental health and behavior of a child who has Covid-19 may be affected. Covid-19-related events such as isolation, treatment, medication, no playtime with friends and school activities can exacerbate symptoms in children who already have mental or behavioral disorders. Dr Gupta “Some kids can also be irritable and cranky. Your child’s pediatrician can examine your child for signs of depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems, and can also suggest when your child might need additional help,» says Dr.
7. Stubborn fever
«Another common symptom we saw was a persistent fever in children with a cough – not responding to antibiotics and cough medicines – many requiring steroids to control coughing – many children behaving almost like children with asthma,» says Dr Kumar.
8. Loss of appetite, energy
«Many children had no particular symptoms, but had a loss of appetite, loss of energy and fatigue that lasted from a few weeks to several months,» says Dr Kumar.
«Adults with Covid-19 often complain of confusion, difficulties with memorizing and concentrating. Teens and children may have the same symptoms. Your child may seem more forgetful or have problems focusing. They may need more repetitions and breaks while learning because they read more slowly. «Be sure your child is getting enough sleep and help control it, as stress can make these symptoms worse. Fatigue is not improving or interfering with daily activities,» says Gupta.
9. Physical fatigue
“After contracting the Covid-19 virus, children have been observed to tire easily and a general drop in energy levels has been observed. Things are getting better normally over time. Your child’s pediatrician may recommend a gradual increase in physical exercise. They may suggest going to a physical therapist or another specialist,» she says.
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