Children and COVID-19

While Kawasaki disease is a condition that causes swelling and redness of some blood vessels in the body. It is usually seen in children younger than 5, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS) includes a number of different disorders.  Like Kawasaki disease, MIS includes swelling and redness of blood vessels.  MIS also can cause some organs in the body to function poorly. MIS patients, while still children, tend to be a little older than Kawasaki disease patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, which is working with health officials worldwide to investigate this syndrome and its connection to COVID-19, children don’t always present the same symptoms, but one of the most common is a persistent fever. Another thing to note is that kids may start showing symptoms of this illness weeks after they were infected with COVID-19, and they might not have ever shown any symptoms of the coronavirus.

Some of the tests providers have been using to help diagnose this illness are chest x-rays, echocardiograms (which are like an ultrasound for your heart), and blood tests.

Just like the other elements of COVID-19, health officials continue to learn about this condition, its risk factors and how common it is in child COVID-19 patients.

If you are concerned your child is showing symptoms related to either COVID-19 or Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome, don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician for guidance.

For more on how COVID-19 is affecting children, click here for information from our Health Sciences District partner, Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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