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Long COVID can affect children of all ages, including infants

It’s become clear that this isn’t an isolated phenomenon. It’s showing up in studies in more than one country. It’s happening in more kids than maybe we originally thought.

(Jen Christensen/ CTV News) –– Even the littlest children can experience long COVID, according to a large study, one of the first of its kind to include infants and toddlers.

The study published Wednesday in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health included 44,000 children in Denmark ranging in ages zero through 14 years old. Of the children, 11,000 had tested positive for COVID-19 between January 2020 and July 2021.

While symptoms associated with long COVID are general ailments children can experience even without COVID — headaches, mood swings, stomach problems and tiredness — the children in the study who had previously tested positive for COVID were more likely to experience at least one symptom for two months or more than the children who never tested positive for COVID. (…)