A new study is set to show how essential oils can help children with COVID-19 regain their sense of smell.
A new study is set to show how essential oils can help children with COVID-19 regain their sense of smell. When the pandemic started, it was much unclear how the virus would affect children. It initially appeared that children appeared to be “immune” to the virus. Over time, it became clear that children could contract the virus, but their cases appeared to be milder than those of adults. However, this still means researchers are trying to figure out how the virus works in children and what they can do to help relieve the symptoms they are having.
According to KHN and US News Researchers are focusing on smells that can help children who have lost their sense of smell due to COVID-19. They seem to be:
This is currently being verified in a new study being carried out by two children’s hospitals.
Doctors at Colorado Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital use such scents to treat children who have lost their sense of smell. Colorado Children’s Hospital will open an odor disorder clinic. When it was approved on March 10th and had it 5 children were screened and 1 enrolled in the program. Seattle Children’s Hospital is expected to open its clinic this spring.
How the program works:
• Parents visit the clinic and when they go home they are given a range of essential oils for their child (s).
• Children sniff the essential oils twice a day for three months.
• The clinics review the children’s progress every month.
This is not a new treatment and has been shown to be effective in adults, but there are no data on whether this works the same in children.
The loss of smell in adults with COVID-19 is well documented. As more and more children contract the virus, it is becoming clear that this is a problem for them too.
This is known as “long COVID,” which means that these are symptoms that last well past the point at which a person has recovered from the virus. Loss of smell may not seem like a “big deal” to many people, and some might even say it’s worth living, but the sense of smell can affect much of everyday life. It can interfere with a person’s need to eat and drink, and even help protect people from dangerous acts and objects.
Experts are optimistic that this method of treatment works in a similar way to adults in children.
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Sources: US News, KHN
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