If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard about the recent increase in cases of a rare inflammatory condition linked to coronavirus in kids. Unlike early reporting on COVID-19, which indicated that coronavirus wasn’t really affecting children, these cases signalled that there could be a link between the disease and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C. 

What Exactly is MIS-C?

MIS-C was previously known as pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS), and is similar to another disorder called Kawasaki disease. And although many hospitals, including our partner Children’s Hospital LA, are studying the current cases, there is still relatively little known about the potential link between MIS-C and coronavirus in children. But there are a few key points that every parent should know, to keep their families healthy and safe. 

Don’t Panic

Although there has been an increase in the number of MIS-C cases reported recently, it’s important to note that these Kawasaki-like diseases typically fluctuate throughout the year. For example, during flu season and when other viruses prevalence increases, so do these diseases. So as a parent, should you be worried, terrified and staying up at night? Absolutely not. Stress can play havoc with your health, so just make sure to continue practicing safe habits and try not to overreact. 

Stay Informed

MIS-C is a health condition that leads to inflammation in a child’s organ systems. The symptoms of which include a high fever, rash on the child’s torso, abdominal pain, bloodshot eyes, along with swollen hands or feet. MIS-C is not contagious. If your child does develop these symptoms, it’s important to contact your child’s pediatrician immediately. 

Stay Up to Date with Your Visits

The best protection for your child is early action. So make sure to keep up with all of your pediatric well-visits and telemedicine appointments, stay in contact with your child’s doctor, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have around the disease. Remember, it’s a stressful time for all of us, so don’t be shy! 

Above all, remember that everyone here at Coastal Kids is here for you and your family, no matter what. So stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy your spring!