Children with COVID-linked MIS-C have long-lasting symptoms

THURSDAY, Feb. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) — After a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer permanent neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

The neurological symptoms are very diverse and can include headaches, difficulty falling asleep, daytime sleepiness, brain fog, attention problems, social problems, anxiety and depression, all of which can last for weeks to months.

“I see this happening to 10% to 20% of children with COVID,” said senior researcher Dr. Sanjeev Kothare, director of the pediatric neurology division at Northwell Health’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Lake Success, NY.

MIS-C is often unrecognized and no specific treatment exists for it, Kothare said. Children are usually treated for specific symptoms and the problems usually go away, but it can take time, he noted.

The best way to prevent your child from developing MIS-C is to have your child vaccinated against COVID-19, Kothare advised.

However, if your child develops MIS-C, he recommends that parents “watch for these symptoms, and if they are present, discuss these symptoms with your healthcare provider so that they can give you adequate advice for treatment and reduce symptoms.” faster.”

For the small study, Kothare and his colleagues assessed the cases of 47 children hospitalized for COVID-19.

Of these children, 77% had neurological symptoms, 60% had psychiatric symptoms and 77% had sleep symptoms during hospitalization. Before hospitalization, 15% of the children had neurological symptoms, none had psychiatric symptoms, and 7% had trouble sleeping.

Twenty to 26 weeks after leaving the hospital, 50% of children who had neurological symptoms during their hospitalization continued to have them. Also, 57% of children with psychiatric problems continued to have them after they left the hospital, as did 42% of those with sleep problems, the researchers found.

All of these problems were more common in children whose case of COVID-19 was so severe that they had to spend time in the intensive care unit (ICU), the study authors noted.

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