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The Impact on Pediatric Emergency Care during COVID-19

The Impact on Pediatric Emergency Care during COVID-19

Although most children with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or present with mild disease, serious—but rare—complications are being seen in pediatric patients. This supplement describes the epidemiology, clinical features, and management implications for COVID-19 in pediatric patients.

It includes a discussion of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, as well as other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic (eg, social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and school closures) that are affecting children and families.

You will learn:

  • Theories that support the phenomenon of milder disease in children
  • Potential risk factors for severe illness in children
  • Common presenting symptoms (fever and cough), as well as less common symptoms (rhinorrhea, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, and dyspnea) and skin findings (chilblain-like lesions)
  • Case definitions for MIS-C, as well as presenting symptoms and laboratory findings that may help make the diagnosis
  • Which diagnostic studies may be indicated and common findings that indicate severe illness
  • Recommendations for management, including supportive care, pharmacologic therapies, and coordination with various pediatric subspecialists
  • How other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic are having an effect on children and their families (eg, poisonings, childhood immunizations, mental health, nonaccidental trauma, and neglect)
June 17, 2020

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