Some children could become “fussy eaters” after Covid, as the disease affects their sense of smell in a “strange” way, filling them with disgust for once-favorite dishes, new research shows.
According to experts from the University of East Anglia and Fifth Sense, a charity helping people with smell and taste disorders, “more and more children could be turning into ‘fussy eaters’ after a bout of Covid” because “They may have parosmia, a condition where they experience unpleasant and unusual smell distortions.”
Researchers explained to us that parosmia patients may smell petrol or rotting chocolate, instead of lemons.
“Particularly children may have difficulty eating the food they loved once again.,” they said.
Many adults are affected by post-Covid paraosmia, a fact well known. But now, as the disease is spreading quickly among school children, it has become clear that it affects kids too, with some “It is difficult for some people to even eat.” Smell expert Professor Carl Philpott, from the UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said he is seeing teenagers with parosmia for the first time in his career.
For children with eating disorders and other disabilities, smell distortions can be a problem. These issues are not being recognized by doctors, according to the study authors.
They have put together guidance for parents and medics “This will help them to recognize the condition and make it easier for them to understand.” Among the recommendations, they list keeping a diary “Keep track of food that is safe and trigger-free.”
A majority of Covid-19 patients experience loss or changes in their sense of smell. While most patients’ sense of smell returns to normal within weeks or months, there are times when the condition may need treatment.
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