You may have heard news reports about a possible connection between
COVID-19 and a rare but serious health condition in children called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). We are watching this very carefully and trying to learn all that we can about it.
We want to reassure parents that most children are not affected by the coronavirus, and reports of children who become seriously ill remain rare and unusual cases.
What we know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made a connection between COVID-19 and Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). While we do not know who is most at risk for this illness, scientists around the world are working hard to understand this syndrome and how best to treat it.
MIS-C has been compared to another rare childhood condition, Kawasaki Disease, because it shares some of the same symptoms. But we now know this is a different illness. 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
your child seems confused or overly sleepy
Be sure to let your pediatrician know if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to the virus. Your pediatrician will let you know you if your child can be seen in the office or if you need to go to the emergency department.
Call your pediatrician with any questions or concerns about your child. Do not be afraid to go to the pediatrician's office for checkups, vaccines, or if your child is sick. Your pediatrician cares about your child's health and is taking extra steps to make sure everyone is safe when they come in.