When the COVID-19 pandemic began, children were believed to be at a lower risk of contracting the viral infection but in recent months that has changed.
Children across the nation, and in Utah, have been showing up suffering from dangerous swelling, labored breathing, and symptoms similar to is similar to other serious conditions, such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.
The infection is likely related to COVID-19 and called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). The condition may affect different body parts with inflammation in the heart, the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. The Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) states on its website:
We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, we know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.
The CDC states to contact your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic right away if your child is showing symptoms of MIS-C:
- Abdominal pain
- Neck pain
- Bloodshot eyes
- Feeling extra tired
Be aware that not all children will have the same symptoms.
Seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any of these emergency warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
- Severe abdominal pain