The syndrome can lead to multiorgan failure and shock, requiring hospitalization and could lead to death.
The CDC lists symptoms including hypotension, multiorgan (e.g., cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal, hematologic, dermatologic and neurologic) involvement, and elevated inflammatory markers.
Symptoms parents can be on the lookout for include:
- a fever lasting more than 24 hours
- abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
- rash or changes in skin color
- trouble breathing
- your child seems confused or overly sleepy
If your child is displaying those symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.