Amid the rising concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus and its leading new wave has created havoc especially in the age group of under 5, hence the impact of the deadly virus continues even after recovery and that can have devastating implications in children.
Recently a new study has been released by CDC which shows how Covid-19 has led to increasing in diabetes cases in children although it’s not clear whether the metabolic condition in these kids is temporary or chronic.
The cases of MISC in children peaked last year right after the second wave dwindled where many children struggled with problems related to heart, lungs, vessels, brain, digestive system and eyes. Children also suffered from Long Covid and faced chronic complications even when some of them were asymptomatic during the infection.
Since many studies have found that Covid also played havoc with the mental health of children as there is an increase in cases of anxiety, grief, and mood disorders in kids post the infection apart from evolving disorders like neurocognition, speech, attention and movement so this study came as no surprise.
New @CDCMMWR finds children and teens 18 years & younger who have had #COVID19 are up to 2.5 times more likely to have a #diabetes diagnosis after infection. Prevent COVID-19 by using tools like masks and #vaccines for those eligible. Learn more: https://t.co/8tYS9UwYt4. pic.twitter.com/EY2rSAcKz6
— CDC (@CDCgov) January 7, 2022
“Covid can cause several complications in children. It can cause an array of symptoms in children from fever, trouble breathing to nausea and vomiting. But there is no need to panic. The most important thing is timely diagnosis. Get in touch with your doctor if your child has a fever, trouble breathing, sore throat or diarrhoea. In rare cases, some children may have inflammation throughout their body, a condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). It can develop several weeks after getting infected. However, the important thing to remember is that MIS-C is rare, and most children get better with proper medical care. Studies show that children who have recovered from Covid are at an increased risk of developing diabetes and so it is imperative for parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes so that they can get their kids diagnosed. The age-old saying prevention is better than cure holds true for Covid, more so for children,” said Dr Shivali Ahlawat Lab Director-National Reference Lab at Oncquest.