Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a very rare and relatively new disease that is not yet completely understood, but at this time, health experts believe it is a complication of a delayed inflammatory response to a COVID-19 infection.
Right now, the average age of patients appears to be around 8 years of age and the disease seems to be more common in Black or Hispanic children, with a survival rate of around 98%.
“This is a new disease but we are constantly learning more about how various organs can be affected, including the heart,” said Kacy Ramirez, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease expert with Brenner Children’s. “Initial symptoms often include a high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, confusion, sleepiness or a headache, so if a child experiences these symptoms, we urge parents to contact their pediatrician right away. For more serious issues such as difficulty breathing or seizures, children should be brought immediately to the nearest emergency department.”
Experts recommend the best way to avoid contracting MIS-C is to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Steps parents and children can take include limiting nonessential activities, gatherings and events, social distancing, washing hands and avoiding touching the face.