For Parents & Caregivers

What are the symptoms of MIS-C?

Children that develop certain symptoms after being infected with COVID-19 might have Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). Call your health care provider if they have or recently have had COVID-19 or were a close contact within the last 6 weeks of someone with COVID-19 and are showing the following symptoms.   

Ongoing fever PLUS one or more of the following:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Blood shot eyes
  • Dizziness or Lightheadedness

When should you see a health care provider?

If your child is showing symptoms of MIS-C seek health care as soon as possible. Go to the nearest hospital if the child is showing any of the following severe MIS-C symptoms: 

  • Trouble breathing 
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that does not going away 
  • Confusion or unusual behavior 
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Inability to wake or stay awake 
  • Pale, grey, or blue-colored skin, lips, nail beds; depending on the skin tone

Symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome In Children (MIS-C)

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome In Children (MIS-C)

Resources to Share

Find this fact sheet and more in multiple languages on the CDC website.

How is MIS-C diagnosed?

There is not a specific test used to diagnose MIS-C. Doctors will do certain tests to look for signs of inflammation, such as blood tests, chest x-ray, heart ultrasound or abdominal ultrasound in combination with the signs and symptoms that the child is having.

How doctors will care for your child?

Doctors will provide care to support symptoms that your child is having, like medicine and/or fluids to make them feel better. Most children who are sick with MIS-C will need to be treated in the hospital.