- Could lead to more serious complications by reducing blood pressure thus affecting the heart
By Ajith Siriwardana
Medical specialists warned that a new disease called “Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children” was spreading throughout the country and requested parents to take extra care of their young children.
Consultant in charge of the Intensive Care Unit of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital
Paediatrician Dr. Nalin Kithulwatta said this new syndrome was first reported in England in 2020.
He said this new syndrome was related to the COVID-19 and pointed out that children can be infected with the disease two to six weeks after being infected with the COVID-19. Dr. Kithulwatta said children who were infected with this post-Covid syndrome could develop symptoms of fever, abdominal pain, feeling extra tired, vomiting, diarrhoea, bloodshot eyes, and skin rash.
He said this could lead to more serious complications by reducing blood pressure and thus affecting the heart. “This could be even fatal,” he said. Dr. Kithulwatta said about six children who were infected with the disease was receiving
treatment in the ICU of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
He requested parents to seek immediate medical advice if their children developed symptoms of this new syndrome.
- About six children who were infected with the disease are receiving treatment in the ICU at LRH