Information on COVID-19 in children, infection prevention and control, diagnosis and treatment options.
: January 20, 2021
The Provincial Clinical Reference Group has provided guidance on caring for children with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
Guidance for caring for newborns can be found on the
Health practitioners have been notified of an acute inflammatory syndrome temporally linked to COVID-19 that has been reported in children and teenagers. Children with this condition present with symptoms of systemic inflammation, and can have clinical similarities to Kawasaki Disease, toxic shock syndrome and macrophage activation syndrome. Prominent features include fever, abdominal pain, cardiac involvement and rash, among others.
Children with possible Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) require evaluation by a pediatric specialty team experienced in the diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease and other inflammatory conditions of childhood. If you have a possible case of MIS-C, page the infectious diseases physician on call at BC Children’s Hospital for further discussion and triaging. If cardiac imaging is needed, please liaise with the pediatric cardiologist BC Children’s Hospital. Both specialists can be reached through central paging at 1-604-875-2000.
The following document provides more details on MISC-C and a preliminary case definition.
Cases of MIS-C are reportable under the Reporting Information Affecting Public Health Regulation and Public Health Act. Please contact your local Medical Health Officer to report cases of MIS-C
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Information for families of children with medical complexities: