Pediatric Post-COVID Syndrome Clinic

Pediatric Post-COVID Syndrome Clinic Content

Over 75,000 children in the state of Michigan have had a confirmed COVID-19 infection. While most children may be asymptomatic or only have mild COVID-19 symptoms, many children may experience persistent symptoms months after initial recovery known as post-COVID syndrome or “Long COVID.” Such patients are also described as “long-haulers.” The NIH is putting extensive attention into trying to understand the biology behind and the treatments for “Long COVID” in children and adults. 

Pediatric post-COVID syndrome symptoms

The range of long-term symptoms in children are not well documented, but may mirror those seen in adults, including:

  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • joint pain
  • chest pain
  • cough 
  • loss of taste and/or smell

Pediatricians at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are interested in assisting children and families in coping with the long-term effects of COVID-19. A Post-COVID Syndrome Clinic was established to address the needs of these patients and to help with recovery. The Post-COVID Syndrome Clinic can also help assess and treat patients who have recovered from severe COVID or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

Features of the Pediatric Post-COVID Syndrome Clinic include:

  • virtual and in-person visits
  • assessments of quality of life and ongoing symptoms
  • physical examination and treatment of symptoms
  • testing that may include pulmonary (lung) function testing, immune testing, chest imaging, or exercise testing
  • anticipatory guidance on COVID precautions and return to exercise
  • coordination of care with pediatric subspecialties such as pediatric pulmonology (lung), pediatric cardiology (heart), pediatric physical rehabilitation and medicine, and pediatric psychology when needed
  • coordination of care with primary care physicians
  • opportunities to participate in research studies on the long-term effects of COVID-19 in children

Referral criteria for the Pediatric Post-COVID Syndrome Clinic 

  • be under the age of 21
  • documented COVID-19 infection by PCR 
  • new or worsening symptoms that persist more than two months (60 days) after the initial COVID-19 infection
  • no other exposures or explanations for the new symptoms

Requested documentation at the time of referral

  1. Documentation of a positive COVID-19 test result, including test method and date
  2. Documentation of any symptoms or preexisting conditions (e.g. asthma) prior to COVID-19 infection
  3. Documentation of any tests, symptoms, or treatments during the acute COVID-19 infection
  4. Documentation of any tests, symptoms, or treatments after the acute COVID-19 infection

Making an appointment

At this time, a referral is required from your primary care physician to make an appointment. This ensures we receive all of the required documentation necessary to schedule a clinic visit.

Referring physicians can contact M-LINE at 800-962-3555.

For more information, please call 734-764-4123.