Children who have experienced severe health and symptoms for months after being infected with COVID-19

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Children who have experienced severe health and symptoms for months after being infected with COVID-19

Foor returned to the University of Michigan’s children’s hospital this week to check her lung function. The clinic is studying so-called long haul COVID symptoms in children. 

A recent study in the United Kingdom found that COVID affects one in seven children months after they were infected. Symptoms can include headaches, anxiety, lung issues and fatigue. 

“There has been some anecdotal kind of evidence that their symptoms do improve,” Clouser said. 

Katharine Clouser, a pediatric hospitalist, said her team is seeing an increase in the number of kids with long-hauler symptoms. Clouser and her team at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey opened one of the first pediatric COVID recovery centers in the state last spring. 

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  • “It feels a little scary, like I can’t breathe,” she said. 

  • “My heart starts pumping really fast, and my lungs, it’s just like constant need for air,” Foor said. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended use of the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 5 to 11 years old. Since then, nearly 1 million kids in that age group have received their first dose. 

One of Clouser’s patients, 4-year-old Aaron Estrada, was healthy until he got COVID a year ago. Then he developed multi-system inflammatory syndrome, lost his hair and couldn’t walk or stand for a month. 

Estrada needed months of physical therapy to learn how to walk again. After 12 months of treatment, Estrada’s doctors are hopeful he will make a full recovery. He doesn’t turn 5 until next spring, but his doctors plan to vaccinate him this month because his symptoms were so severe.  More

Meg Oliver Meg Oliver is a correspondent for CBS News based in New York City.