Largest study to date finds long COVID-19 in kids 14 and under
Children can get long COVID-19, too.
But research on the topic remains spotty, consisting mainly of small studies that exclude the youngest children and lack laboratory test results and control groups.
A new paper in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health details the largest study to date.
Children ages 14 and younger who've had coronavirus face significantly higher odds of long COVID-19 than non-infected kids.
That's according to a Denmark survey sent to the mothers of 11,000 children with prior confirmed cases and a control group of 33,000 without.
The most common symptoms — mood swings, rashes, stomach aches and trouble remembering or concentrating — can occur with other illnesses, but COVID-19 children experienced them for far longer.
The authors say the findings should guide clinical recognition, caregiving strategies and societal decisions such as lockdowns and vaccinations.