Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_01_2.jpgMultisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes inflammation throughout the body. Doctors are trying to find out how these symptoms are related to coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.MIS-C, Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, PMIS, PIMS, multi-system, multi, mystery illness, mysterious illness,covid toes, racing heart, pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, covid-19, coronavirus, red eyes, red lips, swollen hands, swollen feet, syndrome, kawasaki, kawasaki and covid, kawasaki-like, joint pain, dizzy, fever won't go away, rash, rashes, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children , coronavirus and kids, coronavirus in kids, covid and children, covid in children, CDC advisory, inflammatory condition in children, inflammatory condition in kids05/12/202004/19/202104/19/2021Deepika Thacker, MD and Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD04/14/202187fd4dae-5285-4967-9fa7-4855df072a29https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pmis.html/<p><em>Also called: Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS); Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS)</em></p> <h3>What Is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">Coronavirus (COVID-19)</a> 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 <strong>multisystem inflammatory</strong> <strong>syndrome in children (MIS-C)</strong>. Experts don't know why some kids get MIS-C after coronavirus infection and others don't.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?</h3> <p>Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes symptoms that are due to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/inflammation.html/">inflammation</a> (irritation, pain, swelling) throughout the body. Doctors are trying to find out how these symptoms are related to coronavirus infection.</p> <p>Symptoms that have been seen in kids include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">a fever</a></li> <li>belly pain</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a></li> <li>a rash</li> <li>neck pain</li> <li>red, cracked lips</li> <li>red eyes</li> <li>being extra tired</li> <li>swollen hands or feet</li> <li>swollen lymph nodes</li> </ul> <p>If your child has any of these symptoms, call your doctor. Kids with this inflammatory syndrome may quickly get worse. <strong><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emergency-room.html/">Go to the ER</a> right away</strong> if your child looks very sick, has trouble breathing, has chest pain, has very bad belly pain, looks bluish in the lips or face,&nbsp;or is very sleepy or confused.</p> <h3>What Problems Can Happen?</h3> <p>MIS-C can cause different problems in different kids. The inflammation can affect <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart.html/">the heart</a>, blood vessels, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidneys-urinary.html/">kidneys</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">digestive system</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html/">brain</a>, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eyes.html/">eyes</a>. Sometimes, this can damage the organs, especially the heart, or cause too much clotting in the blood vessels.</p> <h3>How Is MIS-C Diagnosed?</h3> <p>MIS-C symptoms can be similar to those caused by other illnesses, such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kawasaki.html/">Kawasaki disease</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toxic-shock.html/">toxic shock syndrome</a>. If a doctor thinks a child might have MIS-C, they will do tests that look for signs of inflammation in the body. These can include:</p> <ul> <li>blood tests and urine (pee) tests</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-tests.html/">COVID-19 test</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/xray-exam-chest.html/">chest X-ray</a></li> <li>tests to look at the heart, such as ECG (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ekg.html/">electrocardiogram</a>) and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/echo.html/">echocardiogram</a> (ultrasound of the heart)</li> <li>abdominal ultrasound (ultrasound of the belly)</li> </ul> <p>The doctor might talk with a team of specialists who can help diagnose and treat MIS-C. They can include experts in infectious disease, cardiology (heart), rheumatology (bones, joints, and immune system), and critical care.</p> <h3>How Is MIS-C Treated?</h3> <p>How doctors treat MIS-C depends on a child's symptoms and test results. They can give oxygen, medicines, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/intravenous-line.html/">intravenous (IV)</a> fluids to reduce inflammation, prevent excessive blood clotting, or protect the affected organs from more problems. Some children might need treatment in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/picu.html/">ICU (intensive care unit)</a>.</p> <h3>What Else Should I Know?</h3> <p>Most kids with MIS-C get better after being treated in the hospital. But some can have lasting problems and need care from specialists after they go home.</p> <p>For example, kids who develop heart problems due to MIS-C will need regular visits with a cardiologist. They may have to avoid exercise or sports for a while, until the cardiologist says it's OK. Kids who get some kinds medicines (like steroids for reducing inflammation) will see a specialist, such as a rheumatologist or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/endocrinologist.html/">endocrinologist</a>, who can help them adjust their medicines as needed.</p> <p>MIS-C is very rare. The best way to prevent it is to prevent coronavirus infection. This means following public health guidelines during the pandemic, such as wearing <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mask-care.html/">masks</a> in public, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">washing hands</a> well and often, practicing <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-social-distancing.html/">social distancing</a>, avoiding crowds, and getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.</p>Coronavirus (COVID-19) y el síndrome inflamatorio multisistémico en niñosEl síndrome inflamatorio multisistémico causa inflamación en todo el cuerpo. Los médicos están tratando de descubrir cómo se relacionan estos síntomas con la infección por coronavirus (COVID-19).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/pmis-esp.html/3fe0b878-2dd2-48ed-ab46-de27e70bddd8
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