Smell loss in children and young people

Just as with adults, Covid-19 causes loss of taste and smell in children.

In most cases, children will recover smell and taste in two or three weeks. For some it can take longer and they may experience parosmia – distorted and disgusting smells that will affect what they can eat.

“It’s important to remember that your child is not being picky or difficult: this is a chemical reaction beyond their control.

Download our parent’s guide to smell disorders