MIS-C can affect children weeks after having COVID-19

Written by on January 29, 2021

MIS-C can affect children weeks after having COVID-19

By Brittany Sweeney

January 29, 2021

6-year-old Penelope Davalos in the hospital where she was diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome. Photos| Martha Davalos

In most cases, COVID-19 presents mild symptoms in children. However, in some rare cases, children have developed after-effects of the virus called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome or MIS-C.

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Nurse Martha Davalos and two of her children contracted coronavirus around Thanksgiving.

It seemed to have run its course, but a month later Davalos’ 6-year-old daughter Penelope developed a rash on her hands and feet, and she also had a fever.

The mom of three from a Philadelphia suburb first thought it was a different condition.

“I was like, all right, I don’t know how you got it, but I guess you have hand, foot, and  mouth disease. On day 6 of the fever, the rash was spreading all over and then her eyes were bloodshot,” Davalos says.

At that point she took Penelope to the hospital where they diagnosed her with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome.

The condition is rare, impacting a little more than 1,600 kids across the country so far, but it can be deadly.

Pediatrician Liborio LaRussa of Lehigh Valley Health Network says children with this condition seem to be at higher risk for blood clots.

“If you know your child has had COVID, then this tends to show up about two to four weeks after the acute infection. So if you start to see fever, rash, just like Penelope saw, those are probably the first two signs and symptoms that a parent would notice,” LaRussa says. 

Penelope spent a few days in the hospital, but is now at home on the mend.

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