Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is prepared to treat symptoms associated with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a new health condition associated with COVID-19. It is a rare condition, but children can become seriously ill.
What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)?
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a condition in which different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.
What causes MIS-C?
The cause of MIS-C is not yet known. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or have been around someone with COVID-19, according for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How serious is MIS-C?
MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who are diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.
What do I do if I think my child has MISC-C?
Contact your child’s healthcare provider right away if your child is showing symptoms of MIS-C:
- Abdominal pain
- Neck pain
- Bloodshot eyes
- Feeling extra tired
Not all children will have the same symptoms.
Seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any of these emergency warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
- Severe abdominal pain