Grandkids Often a COVID Conundrum for Families

Children Infecting Grandparents

Children over the age of 2 can be silent carriers of COVID-19 and in some instances become very sick with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and infect their grandparents, says Kaushik.

Parents may be very anxious about letting their children meet in person with the grandparents because the consequences of COVID-19 are so high. “They may think, ‘I don’t want to be the one to give my mom COVID or have my child give it to her grandmother,’” says Charles Kalish, PhD, a developmental psychologist and senior adviser to the Society for Research in Child Development in Washington, DC.

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