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Commentary on: Sato K, Fukai T, Fujisawa KK, Nakamuro M. Association Between the COVID-19 Pandemic and Early Childhood Development. JAMA Pediatr. 2023 Sep 1;177(9):930-938. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2023.2096 .
Implications for practice and research
Strategies to systematically identify and mange children with delayed development due to the pandemic are required to minimise long-term negative effects.
Younger children (1–3 years of age) may have been less prone to negative effects of the pandemic than older children (3–5 years of age)
Nursery daycare quality may have reduced the negative effects of the pandemic.
While there is growing international evidence the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the academic performance of school-age children, few studies have specifically examined early childhood development and differences between infants and preschoolers. Sato and colleagues addressed this limitation.1
The purpose of the study was to examine the association between the COVID-19 pandemic and early child development using census-based cohort data from a Japanese municipality investigating both population mean and …
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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