When kids get infected with COVID-19, it's scary.
But did you know that what followed might be even more frightening?
And what we're talking about is MIS-C (MSI) or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. Let's see how scary this condition is.
And why is it so serious that it can be fatal?
MIS-C Dangerous condition after recovering from Covid
MIS-C is a systemic inflammatory condition following COVID-19 infection.
This is caused by an overactive immune response in the child's body as a result of the fight against the coronavirus.
Until destroying other systems of the body, causing disorders of various systems
In more than 2 systems, this symptom can be present from the period after recovering from Covid until 2-6 weeks after infection, and if looking at the statistics of the National Institute of Child Health, Department of Medicine, Ministry of Public Health
It is found that at present, more than 100 pediatric patients with MIS-C have been found nationwide.
Landmark…when MIS-C looks like Kawasaki
Since the symptoms of MIS-C are quite similar to those of Kawasaki Disease, such as high fever, rash, red eyes, and red lips, it can cause confusion among parents and guardians.
One point to note is that MIS-C symptoms often include gastrointestinal symptoms and abnormal heart function.
It also has a higher risk of shock.
What clearly separates MIS-C from Kawasaki disease is a blood test and heart ultrasound.
Additionally, Kawasaki disease tends to occur in children younger than 5 years of age, while MIS-C usually occurs in children aged 8-10. However, children under 8 years of age should not be relied upon.
Because there is still a chance of inflammation throughout the body as well.
Preliminary Check List!
These symptoms are at risk of MIS-C.
That said, MIS-C is a body-wide inflammatory condition that affects many systems, including the heart, lungs, brain, eyes, skin, and digestive tract.
Most of the time, in the early stages, children with MIS-C have symptoms of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea that make their parents or guardians think they have a gastrointestinal infection.
Most of the time, the disease progresses quite quickly, after only 1 week, other systemic symptoms will begin to follow, such as a rash on the body, red eyes, shortness of breath.
Or in some cases it may even be shocking.
Therefore, parents should pay attention and observe the symptoms of their children as well.
When did these symptoms occur?
especially during the period after the coronavirus infection.
You should see your doctor for a timely diagnosis and treatment before the symptoms become severe.
or cause life-threatening complications
High fever from 38 onwards
Headaches, drowsiness, or seizures
Red, dry, cracked lips, abnormally large taste buds on the tongue
enlarged neck lymph nodes
shortness of breath
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, enteritis
When there is no cure...so focus on support
Since there is currently no specific drug to treat MIS-C, it is symptomatic treatment.
and give anti-inflammatory drugs
Most of which will be immunoglobin.
(Immunoglobulins) or antibodies
A special protein produced by plasma cells.
that is part of the body's immune system
This immunoglobin protects the body by attaching to bacteria and viruses, making it easier for the body to get rid of them.
Or, in some cases, your doctor may consider taking immunosuppressant medications to prevent an overactive immune response that damages your systems.
Although MIS-C does not have a high incidence rate.
But will see that if it happens, it's as dangerous as being infected with covid
It also seems to be even more dangerous.
However, vaccination reduces the severity and incidence of MIS-C by up to 91-100%, and a post-COVID health check can help you stay up-to-date.
Article by : Phyathai Hospital Group