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Children’s Post-COVID Comprehensive Care Program

Through Yale New Haven Children’s Post-COVID Comprehensive Care Program, pediatric specialists provide care to children who are experiencing residual, prolonged effects due to COVID-19 infection also known as long COVID and COVID-19 Syndrome. These effects can range from mild to moderate and may include:

  • an inability to tolerate strenuous activity
  • anxiety
  • chest tightness
  • cognitive difficulties, also known as “brain fog”
  • extreme fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • shortness of breath
  • palpitations
  • residual fever

Experts in infectious disease, pulmonology, cardiology, rheumatology and neurology see patients at the Pediatric Specialty Center in the Children’s Hospital, all during a single visit. While research is underway, evidence suggests that children can experience prolonged symptoms of COVID-19 similar to adults with long COVID. A better comprehension of this condition is urgently needed for children who, months after COVID-19, still struggle to return to their normal life. Through this program, a tailored care plan is provided based on the latest research to aid their recovery. The care team also includes nurse coordinators, social workers and other interdisciplinary care team members who ensure each families’ needs are met.

In addition to addressing persistent symptoms after COVID-19, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital offers programs involving return-to-sports clearance for children who had COVID-19 along with management of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).

FAQ’s: Children’s Post COVID Comprehensive Care Program

Does my child have to have a history of COVID to be seen in this program?

Yes, this program supports children with a history of COVID-19 and the related clinical symptoms they may still be experiencing.

Which pediatric specialists make up this program?

We have many doctors and advance practice providers that are part of pediatric cardiology, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric neurology, pediatric infectious disease, and pediatric rheumatology who participate in this program and have expertise evaluating different symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.

Do I need a referral to this program?

Ideally yes. We encourage parents to work with your primary care provider to help gather as much medical information as possible on the referral form. Additional information is very helpful for us to make an informed decision on the best specialist(s) to see your child and help support them through their symptoms. 

How do we know which specialty is the right one for my child?

When you call to make an appointment, the team has a way to match the symptom(s) your child is having with the right specialty provider to help them. Some symptoms may require a visit with more than one specialist while other symptoms may require a visit with only one specialty provider. Our nurses will make sure to engage the most appropriate team or teams to help you and your child. 

Where is the program located? 

Currently, this program is located on the 2nd floor in Pediatric Specialty Center within the Children’s Hospital at 1 Park Street in New Haven, CT.

How long is a typical visit? 

Generally, visits are approximately 30 minutes with a provider. Depending on your child’s symptoms and needs, some visits may be in person and some may be completed via telehealth and/or accompanied with any testing your provider recommends.

What should my child and I expect? 

The goal of our program is to provide comprehensive care to children in our community who have had COVID-19 and still require support. Each child’s needs are individually reviewed and a plan tailored to your child is developed with your input. Depending on the type of support required, we can offer any of the following services: blood draws, pulmonary function testing, cardiac testing, telehealth options, social work support and behavioral health services as well.  

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