Pediatricians at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville have detected five cases of multi-inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) since mid-July.
The condition is considered to be associated with COVID-19, with 90 percent of children with MIS-C diagnoses also having COVID-19 symptoms or had them in the past. However, researchers are at a loss as to how the correlation develops. In pre-COVID-19 times, only 2 out of 100,000 people under the age of 21 developed MIS-C; however, with the novel coronavirus coming into play, the figure is 322 per 100,000 people under the age of 21.
MIS-C symptoms typically emerge between two and four weeks after COVID-19 infection. Some common symptoms are: fever, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, swelling of hands and feet, fatigue, stomach pain, and vomiting. In severe cases, a child might have trouble breathing or suffer from chest pain.