HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The increasing number of children getting coronavirus is causing concern due to a rare condition seen in some children who have contracted the virus.
The rare condition, called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, affects the inflammatory response in children, which can be fatal.
“We have six patients admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome of Children,” said Dr. Ronald Ford, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “This is an inflammatory process that develops somewhere between three and six weeks after COVID-19 infection in a child. A small percentage of children continue to have this rather serious disease in several systems, where they often develop high fever, GI symptoms, sometimes heart syndromes. “
Although symptoms vary from case to case, some include a persistent fever over 1
A 9-year-old boy in New York City and a girl in Louisiana were diagnosed with the syndrome and were then admitted to the hospital. The Louisiana girl had a heart attack as a result of having the syndrome.
“I really could not do anything because I was in a lot of pain,” the girl said.
Other symptoms may include decreased appetite, red or pink eyes, headache, a shock-like condition, low blood pressure, disorientation and irritability.
Based on the figures provided by the state, officials said the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida has leveled off after what appeared to be a spike Wednesday. Officials said the spike was due to a backlog of cases dating back two months, which was reported Wednesday.
In the last 24 hours, Miami-Dade County added 1,713 cases, Broward added 661 new cases and Monroe County added 21 new cases of the virus.
Doctors said that children suffer from any of the mentioned symptoms and if they experience these symptoms, they need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
“Some of these kids because they are so sick require intensive care,” Ford said. “We also want to get the message out to health providers in the community. We may see children, whether they are pediatricians or family medicine doctors in their offices or doctors in urgent care homes or emergency departments, to be on the lookout for this.
Every child diagnosed with the syndrome at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
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