An Irish doctor has warned parents how to spot signs of PIMS in children after they’ve had a Covid-19 shot.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, also known as MISC (Multiple Systemic Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) requires urgent medical attention.
Dr. Niamh Lynch has shared the most common symptoms of this condition so parents know what to look out for.
She came Instagram and said: “PIMS TS is a complication that can arise after COVID.
“It is also known as MISC (Multiple Systemic Inflammatory Syndrome in Children).
“The keyword in both titles is sinusitis. Inflammation is a normal response of the body’s immune system to fight infection.”
But Dr. Lynch explains that sometimes, the immune system can go into “overwhelming state” and can begin to attack the body.
She added: “If this happens, it is important that children get emergency medical care.
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“The concern is that in some children with PIMS, the inflammation can affect the blood vessels (vasculitis), especially those around the heart.”
Dr. Lynch explains that here are some signs parents should look out for if their child has been experiencing it Covid:
- Fever – This is the main feature of PIMS. The fever persists for several days.
- Abdominal pain and/or diarrhea.
- Cold hands and feet.
- Swollen hands or feet.
- Red eyes.
- Swollen lips or tongue.
Medical experts explain that parents should seek advice from their doctor if their child has any of these signs.
These are urgent signs parents need to look out for, she warns.
“If you see these signs, go to the nearest emergency room or call emergency services:
- Severe abdominal pain.
- Shortness of breath.
- Pale, gray or blue skin, lips or nails – depending on skin tone.
- Just confused.
- Inability to wake up or inability to stay awake. “
Dr. Lynch notes that the condition often arises after Covid infection, which means that the PCR test may be negative.
She added: “If PIMS TS is suspected, your child will have blood tests, ultrasounds, X-rays and other tests, depending on the symptoms. Treatment is in the hospital.
“Your child may need antibiotics, steroids and IVIG as well as supportive treatment such as intravenous fluids and help with breathing.”
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But the medical expert also reassured parents that the rate PIMS TS after the Covid infection is actually less than 0.5 percent.
The vaccine reduces the risk of this complication.
Although it can occur at any age in children, it most commonly occurs in people over the age of 5.
The pediatrician offers advice on a variety of health issues such as sepsis, chickenpox and lymph nodes but advises followers to see their GP for personal concerns.
It comes as she recently warned parents about How to detect Covid-19 in babies?.
It can often be a mild infection, but as with any viral illness, some children can become “unwell”, Dr Cork advises.
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