Inflammatory Syndrome and COVID-19: What Do Parents Need to Know?

Inflammatory Syndrome and COVID-19 What Do Parents Need to Know

On May 15th, Stanford Children's Health published information from infectious disease experts about a serious multi-system inflammatory condition that has appeared in children as a rare complication of COVID-19. The article is available on Stanford Children's Health's website here.

In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and physicians were heartened to hear that the disease was sparing children. Most kids had mild, moderate or asymptomatic cases. Although this is still true, news media have recently reported that some children are developing a condition the CDC is calling multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) as a complication of COVID-19 infection that can damage the heart and other organs.

"We want to reassure families that this complication is very rare," said Roshni Mathew, MD, clinical assistant professor of infectious disease at Stanford Children's Health. Her team is closely monitoring reports about the disease as scientists around the world work to understand the new condition. "Even though this is rare, and we don't want parents to become alarmed, it's wise for them to know what to watch for," Mathew said.

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