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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Should parents worry about new COVID-19 syndrome in children?

So, the first and most important takeaway is that this condition appears exceedingly rare.

Still, if a child falls ill with COVID-19, parents do want to monitor their condition to ensure they don’t develop symptoms of the syndrome. That means looking out for prolonged fever, severe abdominal pain, change in skin or tongue color, raised rash, chest pain and racing heart.

Scientists believe the syndrome is a post-infection response to the virus, an over-response of the immune system like those we see in autoimmune diseases like lupus.

At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, our physicians often treat autoimmune illnesses with steroids to tamp down the body’s immune response with intravenous immunoglobulin to boost platelet counts in the blood. For children with this rare COVID-19 syndrome, those treatments also appear to be effective.