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Children’s battle with Covid-19


AmericaChildren are the least severe group after being infected with Covid-19, but many still struggle with repeated infections, strange symptoms, sudden fevers or multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

Brooklynn Chiles, 8, lies on the bed at Children’s Hospital as he waits for a nurse to see him. The white paper beneath her feet wrinkled as she turned to look at the medical equipment in the room. Brooklynn got Covid-19 three times, no one knows why.

During the positive tests, she had no obvious symptoms. But in her second illness last September, she passed the virus on to her father, Rodney Chiles. Then he died.

Her mother, Danielle Chiles, fears she will catch the disease again and may experience severe symptoms despite being vaccinated.

“Every time, I wonder if this is going to happen again. Am I going to lose all my loved ones one day?”, Ms. Danielle shared.

Covid-19 has killed more than 6 million people worldwide since it emerged in early 2019. One of the things that baffles scientists the most is the varied effect the disease has on children.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 12.7 million children in the US have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began. Scientists generally think that the virus does not hit children as severely as adults. But in some children, Covid-19 still leaves severe and prolonged symptoms. Many children are re-infected. Others experience multisystem inflammation, which causes severe organ damage. Some died or had a tiring childhood with frequent hospital visits.

Doctors at the National Children’s Hospital and several other hospitals have received funding from the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term effects of Covid-19 on young children. The ultimate goal is to assess the physical and emotional effects of the illness and to find out how their immune systems respond to the virus.

The National Children’s Institute enrolled about 200 children and adolescents in the study for three years. Each week, the facility receives about two new pediatric patients. Volunteers who either tested positive or did not have the disease, but were exposed to F0. Patients range from asymptomatic to severe, requiring intensive care.

Brooklynn was a subject of study because of repeated cases of Covid-19 for unknown reasons. Alyssa Carpenter, two, is also a volunteer for the program. I have been infected with the virus twice, both have strange fevers, sudden temperature rise and fall and many other unusual symptoms. Her hands turn bright red and sting. At some point, I would lie down, point at my chest and say, “It hurts.”

Alyssa Carpenter, two years old, by the window at her home in Haymarket, USA, January 28. Photo: AP

Her parents, Tara and Tyson Carpenter, have two other daughters, Audrey, 5, and Hailey, 9, who have autism. For many parents, the pandemic is a nightmare with a series of long holidays, inefficient work, restrictions on epidemic prevention and a feeling of confusion and confusion. But most of all, their worries are focused on their children. Many children are too young to express their body condition coherently. They don’t know how to make their children feel better.

“It’s an extremely frustrating feeling. We tried to find answers (to the strange symptoms) of our child, but none of them. This only made us more frustrated,” said Tara Carpenter. speak.

Her baby, little Alyssa, often groaned in pain from her red-hot feet, or whimpered quietly. She had a fever, no other symptoms, and was discharged from the hospital. Alyssa stayed home for days at a time, making it impossible for Carpenter to concentrate on work. Symptoms come and go suddenly.

Over the past few months, the symptoms began to subside, bringing relief to the family.

Many children experience Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). The disease damages multiple organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or digestive organs. The expression of MIS-C is quite similar to some other medical conditions such as toxic shock or Kawasaki disease. Most patients recover completely after treatment, the mortality rate is low. In the US, about 3,000-4,000 children infected with nCoV, one child has MIS-C.

During the study, the young volunteers were also given a full medical examination and psychological assessment. Dr. Linda Herbert surveyed children about sleep, fatigue, anxiety, depression and friendships. “Do you have memory problems? Do you have trouble remembering things?” are basic questions.

Dr Herbert said psychological symptoms are quite common, not only in children with Covid-19 but also in their siblings and parents. Brooklynn’s mother Danielle Chiles is stressed over the loss of her partner, but doesn’t want to appear depressed in front of her daughter.

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