COVID-19 and Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made a connection between COVID-19 and a rare but serious health condition in children younger than 21 years of age called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Richmond University Medical Center is monitoring this closely and staying abreast of any new developments on a daily basis.
Please note that most children are not affected by the coronavirus, and reports of children who become seriously ill remain rare and unusual cases. It is not yet known who is most at risk for MIS-C.
MIS-C has been compared to another rare childhood condition, Kawasaki Disease, because it shares some of the same symptoms. Parents should monitor their children for the following symptoms:
• a fever lasting more than 24 hours
• abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
• rash or changes in skin color
• trouble breathing
• your child seems confused or overly sleepy
Some children have also developed gastrointestinal symptoms, excessive blood clotting, kidney injury, or inflammation in the heart.
What to do if your child has symptoms
For all medical emergencies, immediately dial 911.
Otherwise, the best thing you can do to protect your child is to call your pediatrician immediately if you have any concerns about your child’s health. RUMC has a Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic located at 800 Castleton Avenue. To schedule a telehealth or in-person appointment, please call 718-818-1080.
The protection and safety of our patients and our staff are our highest priority. Please be aware that our offices, exam rooms and waiting areas are all cleaned and sterilized in strict adherence to the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nd the New York State Department of Health.
We are also taking additional precautions such as reconfiguring our waiting areas to maintain social distancing, providing masks to patients, including children,, temperature checks upon arrival, staggered appointments and ensuring our staff utilizes the proper use of PPE.
Telehealth consultations with the pediatrician at RUMC are also available by scheduling an appointment at https://www.rumcsi.org/services/telehealth/
Be sure to let your pediatrician know if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to the virus. Your pediatrician will let you know you if your child can be seen in the office or if you need to go to the hospital’s emergency department.
Is MIS-C contagious?
MIS-C is not contagious, but it is possible that your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or another infection that may be contagious.
Is there a treatment for MIS-C?
Currently, children with MIS-C are being treated with different therapies, including medications targeted at the body’s immune system and inflammatory response. Children may receive other medications to protect their heart, kidneys and other organs. Parents should discuss their child’s course of treatment with their pediatrician.
How can I prevent my child from getting MIS-C?
You should take steps to prevent your child from being exposed to COVID-19. Face coverings, hand hygiene and physical distancing are the best ways to prevent COVID-19. Children with underlying medical conditions can be at higher risk for poor outcomes of COVID-19, making prevention measures even more important.