HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The growing number of children contracting the coronavirus is troubling due to a rare condition seen in some children who have contracted the virus.
The rare condition, called Multi-pediatric Inflammatory Syndrome, affects the inflammatory response in children, which can be fatal.
“We have six patients admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with Children’s Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome,” said Dr. Ronald Ford, Chief Medical Officer of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “This is an inflammatory process that develops somewhere between three and six weeks after COVID-19 infection in a child. A small percentage of children will continue to have this rather severe multi-systemic disease where they often develop high fevers. , GI symptoms, sometimes cardiac syndromes. “
Although symptoms vary from case to case, some include persistent fever of over 100 F, redness, abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling of the hands and feet, and rapid heartbeat.
A 9-year-old boy in New York City and a girl in Louisiana were diagnosed with the syndrome and then hospitalized. The Louisiana girl suffered a heart attack as a result of contracting the syndrome.
“I could not do anything because I was in a lot of pain,” the girl said.
Other symptoms may include a decrease in appetite, red or pink eyes, headache, convulsions, low blood pressure, disorientation and irritability.
Based on figures provided by the state, officials said the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida has dropped to the surface after what appeared to be an attack Wednesday. Officials said the strike was due to a large number of cases dating back two months that were reported on Wednesday.
In the last 24 hours, Miami-Dade County added 1,713 cases, Broward added 661 new cases and Monroe County added 21 new cases of the virus.
Doctors said children could suffer from any of the above symptoms, and if they are experiencing those symptoms, they should seek medical help as soon as possible.
“Some of these children, because they are so sick, require intensive care,” Ford said. “We also want to get the message out to community health care providers. We can see children, whether they are pediatricians or family medicine doctors in their offices or doctors in emergency care centers or emergency departments, looking for this. “
Every child diagnosed with the syndrome at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
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