Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)


This set of symptoms develops in some children infected with COVID-19. It happens when different parts of the body become inflamed. It may develop days or weeks after becoming infected. It can be life-threatening.


What causes some children to develop this syndrome? Well, we don't know, exactly. We're still learning about how the COVID-19 virus impacts the body.


What are the symptoms? Multisystem inflammatory syndrome affects many organs. This includes the heart and brain. With this syndrome, a child has an ongoing fever. They may have stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea. They may have bloodshot eyes. They may have a skin rash. And they may have dizziness or lightheadedness.

Medical emergency

A child may develop other serious symptoms, too. They can have trouble breathing. They can have chest pain. They may have a feeling of pressure in the chest. They may be tired and confused. Their skin, lips and fingernails may turn a bluish color. These are signs of a medical emergency.


How do we treat multisystem inflammatory syndrome? Well, it can be very serious, so don't ignore it. Get medical care as soon as possible. Your child may need to stay in the hospital. We can give them medicine, fluids and oxygen. Your doctor will create a care plan that's right for you.