COVID-19

Coronavirus-related inflammatory syndrome sickening Michigan kids

About two dozen children have been identified as suffering from the mystery syndrome.

Most children seem to survive coronavirus relatively unscathed. But a small number of kids are developing a frightening collection of symptoms that has doctors worried.

Symptoms include a wide variety of things, including a rash, cracked lips, red eyes, unusual swelling, and gastrointenstinal problems such as diarrhea or vomiting.

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And, according to Bridge Magazine, there are now about a dozen kids in Michigan suffering from this syndrome.

“Until about three weeks ago or so here, we hadn’t seen any such cases,” said Dr. Rudolph Valentini, a pediatric nephrologist who also is the Detroit Medical Center’s Group Chief Medical Officer. “But we are now, and they’re coming pretty fast and furious.”

The symptoms seem to be related to COVID-19, but doctors still don’t know enough to describe what that connection is or why it happens.

Doctors are asking parents to watch for symptoms such as these:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • New confusion or inability to stay awake
  • Blue lips or face
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Sudden face drooping
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Seizure
  • Any sudden and severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

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