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Also called: Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS); Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS)
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).
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:
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.
Inflammation is one way the body reacts to infection, injury, or other medical conditions. Many things can cause it.
Fevers happen when the body’s internal “thermostat” raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body’s way of fighting infections.
All kids get a fever from time to time. Here’s how to take your child’s temperature, safely and accurately.
Looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Find articles and videos that explain what this virus is, how to prepare for it, how to talk to kids about it, and much more.
Sometimes rashes are only a minor annoyance. Other times, they are more serious and require medical treatment. Here’s what to do if your child has a rash.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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