NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Children are not being taken to hospitals as often since the beginning of COVID-19.

According to research from the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, 43% fewer kids are being the scene for common pediatric illnesses.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt said, "We compared hospitalizations from the three years before the pandemic to what we have been seeing since March of 2020."

The study analyzed 44 different children's hospitals in the United States. Dr. Antoon added that while there has a decrease in infectious and non-respiratory illnesses, they discovered a striking reduction in hospitalizations for pneumonia asthma, and bronchiolitis.

While some of the cause is due to mask-wearing and social distancing, Dr. Antoon says parents have also changed how they seek medical attention as a result of the pandemic.

The research also indicates that teens had a slightly smaller reduction in respiratory and nonrespiratory illnesses. Researchers believe this could be because teens do not adhere to social distancing protocols and mask-wearing as much as younger children.

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