PEDIATRICIANS: PARENTS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR RARE DISEASE IN CHILDREN

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Pediatricians are seeing a spike of a rare illness called Kawasaki disease.

The condition affects children, and has been seen in a small percentage of children who are COVID-19 positive.

Kawasaki disease most often affects children younger than 5.

Medical experts believe Kawasaki could be the body’s reaction to coronavirus, because the blood vessels of the body are affected.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Dr. Brian Gannon said the symptoms are obvious and parents of children with Kawasaki Disease realize their child needs medical attention quickly.

“These have all been kids who had a fever that was significantly high, stayed high without relenting at all for more than 24 hours,” Gannon said, “They also had redness in the eyes, a rash of some type, and swelling in the legs or hands.”

In some cases, children also have gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, Gannon said.

To keep kids healthy, Gannon said he recommends keeping children at home as much as possible and for parents to sanitize their surroundings.

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