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Paediatric Inflammatory

Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome is deemed to be a rare condition thought to be triggered by COVID-19. Although it is a relatively new condition, it can be detected early and treated successfully. 



PIMS-TS is commonly misdiagnosed because it is new and because symptoms are similar to other childhood conditions. However, all children with PIMS will have a fever (>38 degrees), which persists over several days and may not reduce with over-the-counter medications.

Tell your medical professional if your child is likely to have been exposed to COVID-19.


Concerned Your Child Has PIMS

If you are concerned that your child has PIMS please seek immediate medical attention without delay. You may find it helpful to show your Doctor the information on this page.

The Symptoms of PIMS

What are the symptoms of PIMS?

The following symptoms can occur in conjunction with a temperature and you should seek immediate medical advice: 

  • Rash

  • Tiredness, sleepiness or fatigue

  • Muscle pain

  • Tummy pain or cramps

  • Red and cracked lips, often swollen

  • Strawberry tongue

  • Swollen fingers, toes, or hands and feet, often red 

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Peeling skin on hands and feet

  • Headache

  • Red bloodshot eyes

  • Muscle aches and pains

  • Diarrhoea and vomiting

  • Racing heart

  • Dizziness

  • Swollen neck glands

  • Unexplained irritability 

Some children may not experience

all the symptoms

If your child develops chest pain, please call the emergency services immediately.


What we know about MIS-C

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.


We do not yet know what causes MIS-C.


However, we know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.


The CDC states that MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but that most children who were diagnosed with this condition have recovered with medical care.

Seek medical advice if concerned.

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