Bengaluru, May 23
After black mold, Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is the next cause of concern for the medical fraternity to address the post COVID complications.
The multi-organ syndrome is usually seen weeks after the peak of the COVID wave and can pose a threat to the children after infection.
“I will not say that it (MIS-C) is dangerous or life-threatening, but of course it sometimes seriously affects children. It can affect organs such as heart, liver and kidneys in children. It happens four weeks or six weeks after they get an infection” , said Dr. Yogesh Kumar Gupta, pediatrician at Fortis Healthcare.
Gupta said the MIS-C is the result of a reaction in the body against the antigen developed to counteract the COVID.
“Active COVID infection is not something we worry about as most of them are mild to moderately symptomatic, but once they recover and as soon as they contain antibodies, these antibodies somehow respond in children. as an allergy or reaction in their body, ” the child specialist explained.
According to Gupta, the MIS-C can affect organs such as heart, liver and kidneys in children as a post-COVID complication and not as an active COVID case.
He also said the MIS-C is a documented entity in other countries after the peak of COVID-19 passed.
The doctor said there were three cases last year and again this time there were two cases in Fortis Healthcare when the second wave hit the state.
He expressed fear of getting more MIS-C cases once the peak is over.
According to Dr. Giridhara R Babu, epidemiologist at the Public Health Foundation of India and the state’s COVID Technical Advisory Committee member, prevalence in hospitals is not the correct parameter for the population level parameter.
“But that doesn’t alter the importance of studying this (MIS-C). Even if it’s a small percentage, it needs to be thoroughly explored. The next wave needs a clear understanding,” Babu said.
The reason to study the prevalence of MIS-C is essential because Fortis-like facilities are not widely available.
“Preventing the infection in children is the most important aspect and the next thing is to identify the symptoms as early as possible and refer them for care from the specialists,” Babu said.
Dr. Gupta and Dr. Babu believed that children should now be protected from COVID infection and that the best way is to vaccinate eligible people as early as possible.
They also stressed that they should develop a vaccine for children at the earliest for their safety.
According to official sources in the Karnataka COVID War Room, the state saw 20,206 COVID infections, including 17 deaths among children under 10 years old from March 1 to May 15 this year, when the second wave hit the state.
However, the death rate among children is only 0.1 percent. PTI