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Long-COVID in children: how to spot the signs and offer support

There are reports of delays in referral to long-COVID services, but nurses can help by spotting the symptoms and advocating for children and young people

There are reports of delays in referral to long-COVID services, but nurses can help by spotting the symptoms and advocating for children and young people

  • More than 200 symptoms have been linked to long-COVID in children, the most common similar to those seen in adults
  • Symptoms have an effect on everyday functioning, may continue or develop after infection and may fluctuate or relapse over time
  • The NHS has 14 dedicated long-COVID clinics for children in England but families report delays in getting referrals

COVID infections in children and young people are usually asymptomatic or mild compared with adults.

Like adults, children can experience persistent health problems commonly referred to as long-COVID.

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