The MAT provides a COVID-19 pediatric update, covering several topics including: symptoms, complications (including Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome), masks recommendations, and immunizations resources. Download this resource
COVID-19 cases among children have increased in NM. Most children have no symptoms or have mild symptoms from COVID-19 infection. However, in the last two months a small number of children and teenagers have been identified in other states and countries who develop signs of inflammation in their body, such as high fevers and some of the findings below. This is called “pediatric multi-system inflammatory disease.” Affected children may require pediatric intensive care. While this condition is very rare, please seek care immediately if your child or adolescent presents with the following symptoms during or after a COVID-19 infection:
• Prolonged fever (more than five days)
• Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
• Bloodshot eyes
• Skin rash
• Change in skin color – becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
• Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
• Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
• Racing heart or chest pain
• Is excessively sleepy and/or hard to wake up
• Is irritable, very upset or confused
Early recognition by pediatricians and specialist referral, including to critical care, is essential. Although prolonged fever is one of the main signs, please seek care with fever of less than 5 days associated with the symptoms above.
Masks: The CDC recommends wearing of masks for children over children 2. However, in NM public health officials recommended masks for children ages 3 and older. The modification in the CDC guidelines stems from the possible risks in trying to get a very young child to wear a mask, primarily suffocation. Specifically, two-year olds often do not have the reasoning skills of a 3 or 4-year-old; and, as a result may have trouble understanding and following the directive to keep on a mask. This may result in them touching the mask (and by extension, their face) frequently, which would be worse because then they would be touching their face all the time which can spread the virus. Children three and up they are more able to understand and cooperate with wearing a mask. Masks should not be worn when eating, drinking or sleeping at any age.