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NYS Notice: COVID19 & young children

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May 8, 2020.
 
There is much about Coronavirus we still don't understand. A disturbing new development is a serious illness affecting children, known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome. The illness is potentially linked with COVID-19, and it has features that are similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Though rare, there have been 73 reported cases in New York, and, tragically, a 5-year-old passed away this past Thursday of the illness. The State Department of Health is investigating.
 
New Yorkers should seek immediate care if a child has:
  • Prolonged fever (more than five days)
  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
  • Racing heart or chest pain
  • Decreased amount of frequency in urine
  • Lethargy, irritability or confusion
Though the syndrome is rare, I nevertheless urge parents to be vigilant.