Unfortunately, it’s well known that the pandemic has transformed everybody’s life. This is particularly true in case of children, apparently little attacked by the virus.
Although children infected with COVID-19 are fewer than adults, since February 2020 they are suffering from a series of problems linked to health and lifestyle.
The fear of going to hospitals, considered at risk of infection, has unveiled a decline in paediatric healthcare and vaccination.
As clenched by Giovanni Corsello, Past-President SIP (Italian Society of Paediatrics), during the most difficult phases of the sanitary emergency, children have been unable to follow the required checks and this has led to negative consequences not just on their physical health but, above all, on their psychological state.
Together with this decrease in healthcare, what is worrying is that obesity and poverty are increasing dramatically; i.e., on a study conducted on 41 obese children in Verona, results have shown increase in daily meals consumed.
Moreover, at the Extraordinary Digital Congress of the Italian Society of Paediatrics held on 27 and 28 November 2020, it emerged a common shortage in healthcare due to fear and the continue increasing of precarious life conditions in children.
According to a survey conducted by SIMGEPed, Uniamo and Telethon associations, it has been estimated that 40% of “fragile” children interrupted the checks at the reference centres.
Further information about the Italian Society of Paediatrics SIP Digital Congress is available on its website.