A small number of children who have COVID-19 have needed hospital treatment for a condition called paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS). This is also known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).
PIMS is a life-threatening disorder caused by an unusual response to an infection by your body’s immune system. It is similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome and is very rare.
Symptoms of PIMS include:
high temperature or fever (38 degrees Celsius or higher)
red eyes (conjunctivitis)
Call your GP urgently if:
your child has symptoms of PIMS and recently had COVID-19
Spotting PIMS early is important as treatment in hospital works.
Children have developed PIMS in the weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. Some of these children had symptoms of COVID-19 and some had no symptoms.