Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19 in Kids
As families continue to navigate through the Coronavirus pandemic, parents are now learning of a pediatric inflammatory syndrome related to COVID-19 in kids.
It is important to know that COVID-19 remains prevalent among adults. In general, acute COVID-19 infections in children produce less severe disease, with majority of children being asymptomatic carriers.
What is pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome?
In rare cases, children who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus have presented with a post-infection inflammatory syndrome. This syndrome is characterized by high fevers and some may have features similar to Kawasaki disease, which causes swelling of the blood vessels and organs such as the eyes, tongue, lips, skin, hands, feet, and heart. Other children may present with fevers, abdominal complaints, or low blood pressure. Because the condition is an immune response to the COVID virus, it has been named pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome in association with COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome?
- Persistent fever greater than 101
- Red or puffy hands and feet
- Red inflamed lips and tongue
- Redness to the eyes
- Diffused rash
- Stomach pain
The symptoms above can be related to other health conditions and not necessarily due to COVID-19. If you have any concerns about your child’s health, contact your child’s physician or provider.
How is pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome treated?
Although rare, pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a serious medical condition and requires immediate medical attention. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Early and appropriate treatment can minimize inflammation and improve outcomes.
What can I do to prevent COVID-related inflammatory syndrome?
There are measures you and your family can take to help prevent exposure to COVID-19.
- Limit exposure to public places.
- Distance yourself and children a minimum of six feet from others when out in public.
- Wear a mask in public to prevent the spread of germs in the air.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Rub hands together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces daily.
- If you or a family member feel sick, stay home, except if medical care is needed.
If you have any questions about your health or your child’s health, contact your physician’s office.