Children are at greater risk of stroke after contracting Covid-19, a recent study claims. The study enrolled 16 hospitalized patients who suffered an ischemic stroke between March 2020 and June 2021, shortly after a surge in pediatric cases of Covid-19 in the US. The study was published in the journal Pediatric Neurology. The researchers believe the increased risk of stroke in children was due to the hyperimmune response they had to Covid-19.
“It may be that hyperimmune response that comes later that causes kids to clot,” explained MaryGlen J. Veilleux, a pediatric neurology resident at the University of Utah Health and lead author of the study. She also said that the children have a relatively low risk of stroke. Although strokes are rare in children, the risk increases after Covid-19.
The following are some of the ways Covid-19 has affected children’s health:
- Symptoms such as abdominal pain, leg pain and bleeding in the intestines
Pain in the legs, abdominal pain and bleeding in the intestines are some of the symptoms in children when their bodies are exposed to Covid infections. They develop excessive clotting or insufficient clotting due to elevated inflammatory markers, leading to various symptoms.
- High risk of heart disease
Doctors say some children, while infected with Covid-19, had dilation of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. While in some cases the problem resolved after a few weeks, others required close monitoring and treatment. In some cases, children even developed myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. A majority of these have resolved over time.
- Brain related symptoms such as headache, convulsions, hallucinations
A large number of children developed neurological symptoms such as headaches, convulsions and hallucinations. These symptoms usually disappeared within a few weeks.
- A fever
Fever accompanied by cough is common in children. In Covid-19 infections, children would not respond to antihistamines or cough medicines for cough and fever. Many children required steroids to control cough and fever. A large number of children behaved like patients with asthma.
- Loss of appetite
Many children also suffered loss of appetite while exposed to COVID-19, along with other gastroenterological symptoms such as constipation.
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