Denver, Colorado 2021-01-14 12:22:48 –
In Colorado, cases of COVID-19-related inflammatory syndrome in children increased at the end of the year, and the State Department of Health advised parents to be vigilant when their children returned to school.
Much is not yet known about pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, but there are almost all children who previously tested positive for COVID-19. Most children recover from the virus after mild symptoms or do not recover at all. A small proportion of infected children become seriously ill due to an immune overreaction about 2-4 weeks after being infected with the virus.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported an increase in MIS-C cases in December, with 9 confirmed and 16 under consideration. If these cases are confirmed, the total after spring will more than double.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 20 cases in Colorado between May and November. Two children in Colorado died of MIS-C complications in the spring.
According to the State Health Department, children with COVID-19 symptoms or children near people infected with the virus should be tested.
Parents should take their child to the emergency room if they have the following severe MIS-C symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Can’t keep awake
- Blue lips or face
- Severe abdominal pain
Other symptoms can be caused by multiple illnesses, and parents should contact their doctor if their child begins to show them:
- Neck pain
- Bloody eyes
- Excessive fatigue
Most children are treated with steroids and other anti-inflammatory medications and then recovered with supportive care such as intravenous fluids and oxygenation. Without treatment, children are at risk of damaging the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.
“There is still much we do not know about MIS-C, and the significant increase in cases clearly reminds us that our children are also at risk of serious complications from COVID-19.” Dr. Eric France, State Health Department, said in a news release. “As face-to-face learning resumes, it is important for students to continue to take steps to reduce the COVID-19 epidemic, including masking, physical distance exercises, hand washing, and staying at home when ill.”
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