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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)


Also called: Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS); Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS)

What Is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to usually cause a milder infection in kids than in adults and older people. But some children have developed more serious symptoms, sometimes several weeks after being infected with the virus. Doctors are calling this multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

What Are the Signs of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes symptoms that are due to inflammation (irritation, pain, swelling) throughout the body. Doctors are trying to find out how these symptoms are related to coronavirus infection.

Symptoms that have been seen in kids include:

  • a fever that lasts several days
  • belly pain
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • a rash
  • red, cracked lips
  • red eyes
  • swelling of the hands or feet
  • joint pain
  • dizziness
  • vision problems
  • a headache
  • looking pale

If your child has any of these symptoms, call your doctor. Kids with this inflammatory syndrome may quickly get worse. Go to the ER right away if your child looks very sick, has trouble breathing, has chest pain, or is very sleepy or confused.

Medical Review

  • Last Reviewed: May 12th, 2020
  • Reviewed By: Deepika Thacker, MD


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