You may have heard reports of an inflammatory syndrome in children that is associated with COVID-19. This syndrome seems to occur in children ages 0-21 who have previously had COVID-19, with an average age of 10 years old.
In response, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have recently issued guidance on this syndrome, which they are referring to as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Currently, the signs and symptoms to look out for are:
- Confirmed or potential past exposure to COVID-19
- Persistent fever (3-5 days)
- Rash or signs of inflammation (particularly around mouth, hands, and feet)
- Red eyes
- Swollen glands
- Abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
Although the syndrome initially appeared in a small number of children, reported cases are increasing and you should remain vigilant for potential symptoms. If you suspect that your child has COVID-19 or MIS-C, it is critical that you contact your provider. And, in case of emergency, call 911.
To learn more, watch Chair of Pediatrics, Dr. Beverly A. Sheppard’s interview on News12: