COVID-19 and Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS)
Many of us have heard recent news reports about a possible connection between COVID-19 and a serious health condition occurring in children that results in a significant immune response and inflammation across blood vessels and multiple organ systems. Many children that have been affected by this syndrome have tested positive for COVID-19, but there have been some that have not. Most of the children did not exhibit classic symptoms of coronavirus, such as cough or fever prior to developing PIMS. Although it has been compared to toxic shock syndrome or Kawasaki disease, it is currently thought that PIMS is its own clinical entity. Physicians and scientists all over the world are studying PIMS and trying to understand it more, and learn how to treat it.
Although these news reports are scary to hear and read, we want to reassure parents that children are overall less likely to be affected by coronavirus, and these serious cases are rare and unusual. However, we remain open and committed to caring for our children during this challenging time so if your child has any of the following symptoms, you should call our office
a fever that won't go away
abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
rash or changes in skin color
your child seems confused or overly sleepy
We will let you know if your child needs to be seen in the office or if you need to go to the emergency department.