Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a health condition that has appeared in children in New York City. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now confirmed there is a link to COVID-19.
Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to preventing long-term complications from MIS-C.
Most children have a fever lasting several days, along with other symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- Irritability or sluggishness
- Abdominal pain without another explanation
- Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes
- Enlarged gland on one side of the neck
- Red, cracked lips or red tongue that looks like a strawberry
- Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red
If your child becomes ill and has had a continued fever, call your doctor immediately.
If you do not have a doctor, go to the Find a Doctor page to speak to an NYC Health + Hospitals clinician.
Learn more about MIS-C.
Early Childhood Mental Health Network
The Early Childhood Mental Health Network provides mental health support for young children and their families, helping to address challenges early. Mental health professionals consult with early childhood programs partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) to address program, classroom, and child-level challenges in order to strengthen the capacity of teachers and caregivers to support children.
Seven early childhood therapeutic centers, open to all New York residents, located throughout the City offer specialized mental health treatment for children from birth to age five and their families, as well as access to family peer advocates and connection to ongoing support.
Additionally, mental health professionals are able to receive specialized training in evidence-based practices and early childhood development through the Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center in order to increase the capacity and competencies of professionals working to identify and address the mental health needs of young children.
Individual and family counseling that utilizes evidence-based approaches for clients with trauma, including:
- Play therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
- Parent groups
- Assessments and screenings
- Staff and teacher training
You can contact a clinic in your borough:
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
Association to Benefit Children
Northside Center for Child Development
The Child Center of New York
OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services
Staten Island Mental Health Society
(718) 448-9775 ext. 551