CDC Information About Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome
What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrom In Children (MIS-C)?
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a serious health condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs, and is seen in some children who had COVID-19 or were around someone with it.. While it is not known who is most at risk for this illness, scientists around the world are working hard to understand it.
What are the symptoms of MIS-C?
- Fever lasting 24 hours or more
- Abdominal pain
- Neck pain
- Bloodshot eyes
- Feeling extra tired
- Redness or swelling of the lips, tongue, hands, or feet
What should I do if I suspect my child has MIS-C?
Call your pediatrician immediately if you think your child may have MIS-C. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical. Doctors may do tests to look for inflammation or other signs of disease, including blood tests, chest x-ray, heart ultrasound (echocardiogram), and abdominal ultrasound. Most children with MIS-C need treatment in a hospital, and some will need treatment in a pediatric intensive care unit.
Seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any emergency warning signs of MIS-C:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in their chest that does not go awayonfusion
- Inability to wake or stay away
- Blueish lips or face
- Severe abdominal pain
How can I protect my child from developing MIS-C?
The best way to prevent illness is to prevent your child and entire household from getting COVID-19.
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- Wash your hands often and help children to do the same
- Teach children to avoid touching their mouth, nose, and eyes
- Continue practicing social distancing with others outside of your home
- Wear a cloth face cover when out in public. Most children can also wear cloth face coverings when in public.