Episode 3: Dr. Anita Patel On Understanding MIS-C And How We Can Detect It In Our Children
We know that COVID-19 isn’t affecting children in the same way it has affected adults. But exactly how common is COVID-19 in children? Dr. Anita Patel joins me on the podcast to chat about this and other important topics that are not being talked about nearly enough. The topic at hand is MIS-C, which stands for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. We’ll answer your questions of what MIS-C is, what the symptoms are, when you should seek attention, and what your visit may be like if your child gets admitted with MIS-C. Although the symptoms of MIS-C may seem scary, after listening you’ll be equipped to know what to look out for.
Dr. Patel is a pediatric critical care doctor, assistant professor, and NIH funded researcher at Children’s National Hospital in addition to being a 500 hour RYT yoga teacher. She uses her social media to show the human side of academic medicine that she so lacked as a medical trainee with a focus on motherhood in medicine, her IVF journey, and the raw difficulties of finding balance in this chaos.
In this episode we discuss:
- Whether or not children are super spreaders of COVID
- How many children are being diagnosed with COVID-19 and MIS-C
- What MIS-C is and how you can detect it in your own children
- The symptoms of MIS-C and how it is being treated
- Which age groups are developing MIS-C
- What to expect if your child is admitted for MIS-C in the pediatric ICU
Resources from this episode:
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Article: COVID-19 and Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)