Mother's Care hospital reports two Covid-linked MIS-C cases
Parents need to be alert and report children having fever with red eyes, red lips and tongue, diarrhoea, rashes or swelling of neck gland usually with the marked irritability, the hospital stated.
Updated on 26 Jun 2021, 7:33 am
Mother's Care Children Hospital and Research Centre (MCCHRC), Imphal (PHOTO: Facebook)
Mother's Care Children Hospital and Research Centre (MCCHRC), Imphal on Friday stated that it has come across a second case of MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) during COVID-19 pandemic in Manipur.
MCCHRC has been expecting these cases and are keenly keeping a lookout, stated a release. An eight-year-old boy was admitted with five days of fever and diarrhoea, and suffering from red eyes, red lips and tongue, MCCHRC stated. As suspected, it was confirmed by laboratory tests, ruling out other infections, that the boy was suffering from MIS-C, it added.
“Costly definitive medication was given within seven hours of admission, and the child responded well, became afebrile within 24 hours,” MCCHRC stated.
It further stated that this early intervention saved him from the usual complications such as shock, cardiac and other multi-organ involvement. He was discharged well on day five of illness fully recovered, it added.
The first case MCCHRC encountered had severe disease and was in a state of shock, it further stated, adding the patient had cardiac involvement. Subsequently, the patient needed more interventions and longer hospital stay, it added.
For the safety of children, MCCHRC wishes to alert the people of the state that MIS-C is real and presents a danger, especially at this waning period of the pandemic, it stated.
“Parents should not panic. Early diagnosis and intervention is the key to a good outcome. Parents need to be alert and report children having fever with red eyes, red lips and tongue, diarrhoea, rashes or swelling of neck gland usually with the marked irritability,” it mentioned.
It continued that the index of suspicion should be higher especially if a child had COVID 19 infection two to six weeks prior. MIS-C can occur in children having no proven COVID-19 infection, as the child could be having asymptomatic infection, not tested, it stated. With the daily population of Covid positive children making up 18-20 per cent of all Covid positive population, it will be foolhardy not to expect MIS-C in coming weeks, it stated. Being aware is the key to optimum intervention and good outcome, it added.