New publications frequently discuss the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns on child and adolescent health. One study examined changes in body mass index, lipid profiles, and vitamin D levels among school-aged children following 6 months of school closures; another assessed the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children’s oral health. Several new studies reported changing patterns in pediatric hospitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic while others sought to identify factors that might predict hesitancy among parents to seek emergency care for their children. Several known risk factors for child maltreatment have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as social isolation, recent employment loss, and housing instability. One article presents current evidence on community-level child abuse prevention programs, identifying programs that may be well-suited for adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic
Several new publications focus on COVID-19, pregnancy, and neonatal health. A recent international study reported the incidences of miscarriage, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, pre-term birth, and neonatal transmission among pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2. Another study examined placental pathological changes among SARS-CoV-2 infected women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Other researchers focused on the impact of hospital policies to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission. While one article centered on universal screening for SARS-CoV-2 among pregnant women admitted for delivery, another discussed the effect of extended hospital stays, lack of skin-to-skin contact, limited maternal milk use, and discharge to caregivers outside primary residences on the neonatal microbiome. Several articles also discuss the effect of the pandemic on pregnant women, evaluating factors like diet, physical activity, sleeping patterns, social wellbeing, mental health, and financial security.
This is by no means an exhaustive list! Look out for our next update Tuesday, 2 February 2021. Currently, we have over 4400 publications in the repository.