European Congress of Psychiatry: the impact of COVID-19 on the brain of children in the womb is studied
Spanish experts from the Marque de Valdecilla University Hospital have identified the impact of coronavirus infection on children in the womb. This was reported at the 30th European Congress of Psychiatry.
To do this, scientists examined 21 infants aged about six weeks. It turned out that children whose mothers had COVID-19 during pregnancy rest less when they are held in their arms, and also have a harder time controlling head and limb movements compared to babies whose mothers did not have coronavirus.
However, doctors emphasized that not all children exposed to the virus in the womb had disorders in the nervous system – such a history only increases the risk of pathologies. In the future, experts want to study this phenomenon in more detail with a larger sample of subjects. Children who have identified abnormalities are planned to be observed until they reach the age of four.
In April 2022, American scientists found that the Omicron strain increased the likelihood of upper respiratory tract infections in children by three times.