While children’s admissions to Paris hospitals are on the rise, several readers ask us in the Facebook group The Solidarity Voice: together, let’s find the answers to your questions! However, do not panic: the head of the pediatric emergency department, indicates that at the CHU Lille, no recent case of Kawasaki disease has been detected.
What is Kawasaki disease?
This is an inflammatory disease that mainly affects children between the ages of 1 and 8 and who can reach the heart. It was first described in Japan in 1967 by pediatrician Tomisaku Kawasaki. Cases are observed all over the world but it is in Asia that it is most frequent.
The disease is characterized by a fever of at least 40ºC for five days or more in a row, as well as at least four of the following five symptoms: rash; abnormal swelling of the glands in the neck; irritation and redness of the whites of the eyes; irritation / inflammation of the mouth, tongue, lips and throat; swelling of the hands and feet.
For Albert Faye, the head of the pediatrics department at Robert Debré hospital, you must consult if your child is ” very tired, has prolonged fever (4 or 5 days of fever), digestive problems, rash that appears. »
How is it treated?
Disease ” is well known in pediatrics »Explains Albert Faye and she is generally treated well, with immunoglobulins, even corticosteroids. Severe forms of the disease, with cardiac complications in particular are rare, but do exist.
What is the link with Covid-19?
The link between Covid and Kawasaki syndrome in children seems to be becoming clearer. So, a study conducted by the general pediatrics department of the Robert Debré hospital in Paris, shows that the link between the coronavirus and Kawasaki disease in children ” appears quite clearly ».