Do parents need to be concerned about mysterious syndrome developing in some COVID-positive kids

Some children who have had COVID-19 are developing strange symptoms in response to the virus and it has parents worried. Local doctors spoke Wednesday about the need for concern.

Posted: May 27, 2020 7:54 PM
Updated: May 28, 2020 9:43 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) has only recently been discovered in children who’ve had COVID-19.

It’s similar to something called Kawasaki Disease, another inflammatory disease that’s been known about for dozens of years, but Dr. James Cameron with Lutheran Hospital says they are not the same.

Saying when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first described MIS-C, patients had warned doctors of the difference found in patients in the United Kingdom.

"It found that children that had a past history of a COVID-19 diagnosis were showing up with findings that consisted of a persisting fever, low blood pressure, multiorgan involvement and that included anything from the heart, the intestines, the kidneys, the blood, the skin or the nervous system," Cameron said.

Dr. Tony GiaQuinta, pediatrician with Parkview, says not much is known about the syndrome. Both because it’s new and so few cases are being reported.

"It is extremely rare, so while we’re still learning more about it, this is a disease that we’ve seen in less than a hundred cases of children throughout the united states so far," GiaQuinta said.

A majority of those cases were reported in New York state two weeks ago.

Only one case of MIS-C has been documented in Indiana.

According to the CDC, the disease is defined as only affect people under the age of 21 and as the number of diagnoses of COVID-19 increases, the cases of MIS-C are expected to increase as well.

Cameron says Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children is a reaction from getting COVID-19, not something kids can catch.

So as children head back to school next year, doctors say parents should worry about your kid getting this from one of their classmates.

Cameron explained, "It’s an immune response in the body that is not associated with them being contagious necessarily. This is their body trying to figure out what happened inside their body. It’s not something they’re going to give to someone else."

If your child needs to see their pediatrician, both doctors say that offices should be able to see your kids safe during this time.

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