A serious complication of COVID-19: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a serious condition and requires immediate medical care. If you have a patient with suspected MIS-C, Nemours is prepared to help. We’ve cared for children with MIS-C and our specialists have been sought-after experts on national and international media, including NBC , CNN and the BBC .
What should you watch out for?
MIS-C causes symptoms that are due to inflammation (irritation, pain, swelling) throughout the body. We are learning more every day about how these symptoms are related to the COVID-19 infection.
Symptoms seen in kids who have MIS-C include:
- a fever that lasts longer than 24 hours
AND any of these
- belly pain
- vomiting or diarrhea
- a rash
- red, cracked lips
- red eyes
- swelling of the hands or feet
- joint pain
- vision problems
- a headache
- looking pale
- extreme fatigue
Encourage parents to call you promptly if their child has any of these symptoms. Children and teens with this inflammatory syndrome may get worse quickly. Parents should bring their child to the ER right away if their child looks very sick, has trouble breathing, has chest pain, or is very sleepy or confused.
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