PARENTS with children over the age of five have been warned they could be at risk of a serious complication from Covid-19.
Most children who contract coronavirus recover with no long-term problems.
However, a new study found that older children and those with high blood markers of inflammation (ferritin) were at the highest risk for severe multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
In the UK, the condition is mainly known as Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS).
It is a very rare condition, occurring in less than 1 per cent of children who develop Covid.
Most children with this condition have a persistent fever — which can sometimes be confused with other illnesses.
Experts in Canada found that children over the age of five are at higher risk of being admitted to intensive care if they contract Covid and develop the inflammatory syndrome.
Medical professionals examined 232 children under the age of 18 who had been hospitalized in Canada, Costa Rica and Iran.
These children had been hospitalized between March 2020 and March 2021 with suspected PIMS.
Of these children, the experts found that 89 percent of them had gastrointestinal symptoms such as pain and about 85 percent had dermatological problems such as rashes and swelling.
Symptoms of PIMS
The main symptom of PIMS, according to Great Ormond Street Hospital, is:
- a high temperature that lasts for a few days.
Your child might also have other symptoms, such as:
- A rash
- fatigue and weakness
- abdominal pain or cramps
- Red and chapped lips
- Swollen hands and feet
- Exfoliation of the skin on hands and feet
- Red eyes
- muscle aches and pains
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Swollen cervical glands
- Unexplained irritability
These symptoms are different from the coronavirus, which causes:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot when you touch your chest or back (you don’t need to take your temperature)
- a new, persistent cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing fits in 24 hours (if you have a usual cough it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you can’t smell or taste anything, or smell or taste things differently than normal
Fatigue, headaches, sore throats and loss of appetite are also common in children with Covid, according to the Zoe COVID Symptom Study App
Children between the ages of six and 12 had a 44 percent chance of being admitted to the intensive care unit, which was 46 percent higher than children under the age of five.
The study authors said more needs to be done when it comes to the clinical care of children with the disease.
dr Joan Robinson, pediatrician at the University of Alberta, said: “Children’s multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a new diagnosis with different diagnostic criteria that have not been validated.
“Most of these children had no history of contact with a person with proven SARS-CoV-2 infection.
“Identifying exposure can be difficult because infected contacts may be asymptomatic or never tested.”
In most cases, the condition has struck otherwise healthy children about six weeks after they tested positive for Covid-19.
GPs in the UK were initially urged to look out for a new “inflammatory syndrome” related to the coronavirus showing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease in April 2020.
Others include swelling of fingers and toes, or not feeling or acting like themselves.
Thousands of parents have previously joined online to raise awareness among the public and medical professionals after they claimed their children had not been accurately diagnosed.
The Covid-19 PIMS-TS Support Group was established in October 2020 to expedite diagnosis.
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