2 Kansas children hospitalized with coronavirus-related inflammatory disease

COVID-19 KC updates
Posted at 10:34 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 23:34:52-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — State health officials announced Friday that two Kansas children are at Children's Mercy Hospital after being diagnosed with pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare complication associated with COVID-19 in kids.

Dr. Lee Norman, the director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said while it's uncommon complication, it's something health experts are seeing more frequently during the pandemic

The KDHE also announced Friday there two infants, a 2-month-old and 4-month-old, have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

"We cannot let our guard down and we cannot let make any assumptions that children are somehow getting off scott free from this," Norman said. "They don't. This could end up being a big deal."

Children's Mercy previously announced last month that it has treated two other children for pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which is similar to Kawasaki disease.

Pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome symptoms include prolonged fever, skin rashes, eye or lip redness, and abdominal pain. The inflammation can attack organs, including the heart and kidneys.

Doctors with Children's Mercy Hospital told 41 Action News, if your child is having difficulty breathing or showing signs of dehydration, you should get them to a hospital.