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Rare COVID-19 related disease affecting children

Safety | Wellness | May 19, 2020
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If you notice any of the following symptoms in your child, call your pediatrician.

You’ve probably seen news stories about a mysterious disease related to COVID-19 that’s affecting children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a health alert regarding several cases of a rare but serious Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in children associated with the coronavirus disease.

MIS-C has been compared to another rare condition called Kawasaki Disease because both diseases present similar symptoms in children.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your pediatrician:

  • A fever lasting more than 24 hours.
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Rash or changes in skin color.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye.
  • Red, swollen hands and red cracked lips.
  • Your child seems confused or overly sleepy​.

Let your pediatrician know if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to the virus. Your pediatrician will tell you whether to seek care at a clinic or if you need to go to the emergency department.

“With cases reported in Oregon and Washington, we are monitoring this syndrome very carefully. However, COVID-related inflammatory syndrome is still rare in pediatrics, and we want to reassure parents that most children are only mildly affected by coronavirus infection,” says Serena Black, MD, medical director for PeaceHealth’s pediatric service line.

“The best thing a parent can do is to call their pediatrician if they have any concerns about their child’s health,” Dr. Black adds. “We are safe and seeing patients, whether in-person or via video visit. All our locations—from medical centers to clinics—have implemented enhanced measures to keep you and your loved ones safe.”

For more information, The American Academy of Pediatrics provides additional detail on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children at HealthyChildren.org.

 

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