Long Covid symptoms in kids can last at least 2 months: Study
The largest study to date of long Covid symptoms in children aged 0-14 years confirms that children who have received a Covid-19 diagnosis can experience symptoms of long Covid lasting at least two months.
The study, published in ‘The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health’ journal, used national level sampling of children in Denmark and matched Covid-19 positive cases with a control group of children with no prior history of a Covid-19 infection.
Most previous studies of long Covid in young people have focussed on adolescents, with infants and toddlers seldom represented. In this research, surveys were sent to the mother or guardian of children between 0-14 years who had tested positive for Covid-19 between January 2020 and July 2021. In total, responses were received for almost 11,000 children with a positive Covid-19 test result who were matched by age and sex to over 33,000 children who had never tested positive for Covid-19.
The surveys asked participants about the 23 most common symptoms of long Covid in children (identified by the Long COVID Kids Rapid Survey January 2021) and used the World Health Organization definition of long COVID as symptoms lasting more than two months.
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