TENS of thousands of kids struck down with Covid-19 are still suffering shocking health issue months after very first being contaminated.
Figures from the Workplace of National Stats (ONS) expose up to one in 10 coronavirus sufferers establishes Long Covid and still feels ill after 12 weeks.
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In England alone, more than 74,000 children are now thought to be experiencing the chronic condition with some stating they can no longer consume or walk.
The ONS found 15 percent of 12 to 16-year-olds and 13 percent of those aged 2 to 11 still have symptoms 5 weeks after a positive test.
Around 500,000 UK children are known to have had coronavirus– recommending around 74,000 have actually had Long Covid, reports the Mirror.
The stressing symptoms consist of fatigue, headaches, heart pain, muscle pain, seizures and, in severe cases, even paralysis.
Nevertheless, parents state the condition is not being taken seriously by some GPs as a lot of kids who catch Covid suffer no signs or long-lasting impacts.
Desperate mums and papas now fear a lack of awareness and drawbacks in testing are masking the real scale of Long Covid– likewise known as Post Covid Syndrome– in kids.
In the most severe cases, 6 months after getting ill with Covid, some youngsters are still experiencing dizziness, palpitations, seizures and rashes.
Charlie Mountford-Hill, of Milton Keynes, states her five kids suffered stunning health issues.
And the 37-year-old stated she was “changed permanently” after seeing Mimi, 5, Indy, 10, Beck, 12, Emmett, eight, and Nico, 15, suffer so much.
Dorset-based pilates teacher Sammie McFarland contacted physicians after 15-year-old daughter Cat collapsed with fatigue, lightheadedness and chest pains.
Sammie, 44, also experienced Long Covid and was horrified when docs informed her Cat need to be copying her symptoms.
She established the Long Covid Kids support group in November and was soon swamped by messages from concerned parents with comparable experiences.
The mum worryingly stated it was now “Russian roulette” as to whether children with the virus go on to develop Long Covid.
She stated “There are 1,200 members of our group and 76 per cent of children are unwell from the first wave, however moms and dads aren’t taken seriously.
” They’re informed their children have stress and anxiety, are simulating signs.”
She earlier told the Sun: “We’ve had moms and dads accompany kids who have actually been ill since last February, yet the link isn’t made to Covid-19.
” Our children aren’t being recognised as Long Covid patients since physicians aren’t signing up with the dots in between a vast array of symptoms.”
Co-founder Frances Simpson– a lecturer whose two kids have actually been ill given that March– reached out to parents on social networks to poll their kids’ symptoms.
Nearly 90 percent of the 162 parents who replied stated their children were still ill 3 months or more after they initially fell ill.
Half were primary school pupils aged in between 6-11, and 40 percent were in secondary school.
Gracie Hayes, 10, is one of them and has been badly since last summer with dizzy spells, exhaustion, rashes and a racing heart beat.
Initially, she had none of the typical symptoms of Covid-19 like a cough or a temperature.
Rather she was struck with distorted taste and smell that made all foods stink of decomposing flesh– a condition called ‘cacosmia’.
Previously fit and healthy, Gracie used to think nothing of joining mum Claire for 5km park runs near their home in Newbiggin, Northumberland.
However during the two months she invested bed-bound with Long Covid she could hardly handle the short walk to the bathroom.
Claire, 47, discussed: “We went on a household journey to Blackpool last summertime and a couple of days later Gracie was consuming chicken when she started grumbling that it was rotten.
” All of us tried it and it was great, however Gracie could not complete her meal. She pressed it away.
” After that, she said everything I put in front of her smelt of decaying meat.
” It got to the point where I could not even prepare meat in your house since Gracie would run upstairs, physically retching.”
Then other stressing symptoms began to emerge.
Claire exposed: “” Gracie was constantly tired and sleeping for sixteen hours at a time.
” She was so weak, I had to obtain a wheelchair from the Red Cross to get her to healthcare facility consultations.
” She was eating so little that her weight dropped and we were alerted that if we couldn’t get any food in her she would need to be tube fed.”
Gracie was eventually detected with Long Covid by a paediatric team at Wansbeck General Health Center in October.
Nichola Careless’ 12-year-old child, Mani, has been utilizing a wheelchair for months while daughter Eleni, 13, has actually been experiencing brain fog, dizziness and headaches.
Mani was struck down with incapacitating joint discomfort after recuperating from a hacking, dry cough that lasted two weeks.
The previously stylish teen– who played football and rugby for local groups– could not take more than a couple of actions without being overwhelmed with fatigue.
His discomfort grew so extreme he was hospitalised for three nights, however Nichola, 44, stated: “We were told he was exaggerating his symptoms, that it was most likely associated with stress and anxiety and he was making it all up.
” He remained in pain, basically paralysed from the neck down, yet I was dealt with like some aberrant mom.
” I keep in mind Mani looking at me, distraught, and saying ‘they don’t think us, mum’.
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” It was just when I began doing some online research and discovered the Long Covid Kids support system that I realised there were other parents going through the same experience.”.
The cause of Long Covid is uncertain, but scientists have discovered some patients have antibodies that attack their own body.
Experts now want a vaccines program for kids and brand-new procedures in schools when students return to class.