Parents in many states are worried as children develop a rare condition related to COVID-19. The condition is called MIS-C, which stands for the multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
Health experts said that they are unaware of the reason behind this condition. They said that the novel coronavirus is less likely to be harmful in children as it doesn’t usually cause critical conditions in them.
Children Are Under The Threat Of MIS-C, A Rare Condition Due To COVID-19
Although it is rare among children, fewer numbers have developed MIS-C. This condition results in inflammation in different parts of the body and could be very severe.
Several children’s hospitals across the country have widely reported a rise in cases with this condition, in the past few months where the pandemic showed its ebb and flow.
As per the data of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total MIS-C cases that have been reported in the country are 2,617 until the 28th of February. The reports said that 33 children have died due to this condition. The figures showed a sudden hike as there were 2,060 total cases and 30 deaths reported in the country as of early February.
Health officials said that the major symptoms related to this condition include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, extreme fatigue, and bloodshot eyes.
The CDC also recommended the parents seek medical assistance immediately after they notice anything abnormal like these.
One of the children’s parents said that her son was terribly suffering from this at the hospital bed. She said that his stomach hurt to touch and he was suffering from other conditions. His tongue was swollen, his lips were chapped, and his eyes eventually turned bright red.
Apart from all these, the child, named Nolan, 13, developed blurred vision, which his mother said that he never had before.
The boy said that he can’t explain what he was going through. He has had every symptom that anyone can imagine. He added that an IV was provided for him and he felt fatigued and sore, besides his entire body was upset everywhere.
He was admitted to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The doctors could diagnose the issue as MIS-C and provided the boy with an immunoglobulin drip for about 10 hours as well as started him on a steroid. Which helped him to get better by the next morning.
Among the total cases reported with this condition called MIS-C, 59% were in men. The most number of cases were reported in children and adolescents aged between 1-14.
According to the latest update, the condition was seen disproportionally in children of color. CDC said that 66% of cases were reported among children belonging to the Latino group, which is 842. The total number of cases reported among non-Hispanic children is 746.
As there was a surge in the total number of cases during the beginning of this year, this condition also surged though it was not in a huge figure.
Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, chief of the Division of Pediatric Diseases at Children’s National Research Institute in Washington, DC, said that in January, one case was detected every single day among children, but as for February, it increased and showed up more cases every day.