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Friday, May 22, 2020

Childhood Inflammatory Disease Associated with COVID-19

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reported cases of children diagnosed with Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome.

Most children who get COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This inflammatory syndrome has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome, possibly due to COVID-19.

Immediate care is required for any child experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Prolonged fever (more than five days)
  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
  • Racing heart or chest pain
  • Decreased amount of frequency in urine
  • Lethargy, irritability or confusion

Early recognition by pediatricians and referral to a specialist including to critical care is essential.

New York State is leading the national effort to find out more about this illness related to COVID-19 in children. Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19 where children are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome.

The Westchester County Department of Health is alerting parents and guardians that there has been a rare, but serious childhood inflammatory disease with a possible link to COVID-19, to read more click HERE in English or AQUÍ en Español.

For more information contact Elissa Guzzardi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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