Children and adolescents also get infected with the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic, however in their case the disease is mostly asymptomatic or only mild.
Rarely, children may develop a serious condition as a result of an infection or 2-3 weeks post-infection, in the form of ’multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children’ or ’pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome’ (MIC-S or PIMS) that can infect multiple organs (heart, lungs, intestinal tract, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes) and usually requires hospitalization. Months after a COVID-19 infection, late symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, headache, abdominal pain, palpitations, chest pain and difficulty breathing - known as a ’post-COVID’ or ’late COVID’ condition - can also occur in childhood, which may indicate possible longer-term organ complications resulting from the coronavirus.
To rule out all these complications, detect them early, and to safely resume sporting activities after a coronavirus infection, we recommend our post-COVID-19 screening for all children and adolescents who have had a coronavirus infection, to detect the presence of a protracted, chronic condition via specialist examinations and laboratory tests. During the screening, in addition to targeted laboratory tests related to a COVID-19 infection are routine examinations taking into account the most common areas for complaints and lesions (abdominal organs, cardiovascular and respiratory systems), including an abdominal ultrasound as well as a chest x-ray and, where appropriate, pediatric gastroenterological and pulmonary examinations with respiratory function, and pediatric cardiology with cardiac ultrasound, as required.