Coronavirus third wave in kids and MIS-C

 

 

Coronavirus third wave in kids: what parents should know?

While the second wave of COVID-19 is decreasing in India, the question is what happens in the third wave.

Are children at higher risk during the third wave being discussed these days?

In general, COVID-19 is a mild illness in children due to a variety of biological factors. As a result, children as a proportion of those infected may make up a greater proportion [in the third wave]but overall, the illness should not be very serious, unless we have a radically different variant involved.

Children who are infected with COVID-19 have a serious illness called MIS-C. What’s that supposed to mean?

Children have been identified as having a serious illness related to COVID-19. This includes pneumonia as well as MIS-C. However, pneumonia caused by COVID-19 among children is unusual compared to adults.

In certain cases, after 2-6 weeks of asymptomatic or symptomatic COVID-19 infection. Multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) can be observed due to immune dysfunction; while some of these situations can also be serious. This is a treatable illness with a good result if diagnosed early. Additionally, most children with C-GIS cannot pass the infection on to others. 

The signs and symptoms of MSS in children ( MIS-C ) include the following, although not all children have the same symptoms.

  1. Fever that lasts 24 hours or longer.
  2. Vomiting.
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Pain in the stomach.
  5. Skin rash.
  6. Feeling unusually tired.
  7. Fast heartbeat.
  8. Rapid breathing.

Certain tests are done by doctors to look for inflammation or other signs of disease. These tests might include:

  1. Blood tests
  2. Chest x-ray
  3. Heart ultrasound (echocardiogram)
  4. Abdominal ultrasound

Doctors provide supportive care for symptoms (medications and/or fluids to relieve your child) and can use different medications to treat inflammation. Most kids who become ill with MIS-C will be treated within the hospital. Some will require treatment within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

How to protect your child from COVID-19? 

Based on the information we now have on MIS-C. The best way to protect your child is to take daily precautions to keep your child and the whole household from contracting the virus that causes COVID-19.

For reference: https://iapindia.org/pdf/Covid-19-Management-guideline-22062021.pdf