The Latest on MIS-C: What We Know and What We Don’t


As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers are facing a new and concerning phenomenon: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C. This condition, which appears to be a rare complication of COVID-19, has caused alarm among parents and healthcare professionals alike.

What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children?

MIS-C is a condition that seems to develop in some children and teenagers several weeks after they’ve been infected with COVID-19. It’s not entirely clear what causes MIS-C, but researchers believe it may be related to an overactive immune response to the virus. MIS-C can affect multiple organs and systems in the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, and gastrointestinal tract.

What Are the Symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children?

The symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children can vary from child to child, but some common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Red, cracked lips
  • Red, swollen tongue
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Confusion

It’s important to note that not all children with MIS-C will have all of these symptoms. Some children may only have a few of these symptoms, while others may have more.

How Is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Diagnosed?

If your child has been infected with COVID-19 and starts exhibiting symptoms of MIS-C, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Your healthcare provider may perform a physical exam, order blood tests, and conduct other diagnostic tests, such as an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart) or a chest X-ray. These tests can help your provider determine whether your child has MIS-C or another condition.

If a child is suspected of having MIS-C, they will likely undergo a series of tests to confirm the diagnosis. These tests may include:

  • Blood tests to look for signs of inflammation
  • Echocardiogram to check the heart for abnormalities
  • Chest x-ray to look for signs of lung inflammation
  • Abdominal ultrasound to check the liver, spleen, and other organs

How Is MIS-C Treated? 

The treatment for MIS-C will depend on the severity of your child’s symptoms and the organs affected. In general, treatment for MIS-C is focused on reducing inflammation and preventing organ damage. This may involve medications such as steroids, immunoglobulin (a protein that helps fight infection), and anticoagulants (medications that prevent blood clots). In some cases, children with severe MIS-C may need to be hospitalized and require supportive care, such as oxygen therapy and intravenous fluids.

Can MIS-C Be Prevented? 

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent MIS-C, there are some measures that parents and caregivers can take to reduce the risk of it occurring. Here are some steps you can take: 

  1. Keep your child safe from COVID-19: The best way to prevent MIS-C is to prevent your child from getting COVID-19 in the first place. Encourage your child to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, and practice social distancing when out in public.
  2. Monitor your child’s symptoms: If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with the virus, keep an eye out for any symptoms of MIS-C, such as a fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
  3. Stay up-to-date on vaccinations: Vaccines are an effective way to prevent many diseases, including COVID-19. Make sure your child is up-to-date on all of their vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes available to them.
  4. Stay informed: Keep yourself informed about the latest news and information regarding COVID-19 and MIS-C. This can help you make informed decisions about how to protect your child and what to do if they develop any symptoms.

By taking these steps, you can help reduce the risk of your child developing MIS-C and ensure that they stay healthy and safe during the pandemic.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children is a rare but serious complication of COVID-19 that requires timely diagnosis and treatment. If your child exhibits 1any concerning symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention from a healthcare provider immediately. At Hospitality Health ER, we understand that it is our responsibility as healthcare professionals to continue to monitor and understand this condition to provide the best care possible for our young patients.

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