A MOTHER is warning parents to monitor their children closely if they’ve recovered from coronavirus, after her baby girl’s hands and feet turned blue while battling life-threatening Covid complications.
Five-month-old Madelyn Grant from Stow, Ohio, was rushed to the hospital after her heart inflamed and raced at double the rate of a normal child her age.
Five-month-old Madelyn Grant was rushed to the hospital after her heart inflamed and raced at double the rate of a normal child her ageCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
The baby had been dropped off at daycare on February 2, after recovering from coronavirus, however, she was rushed to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital after staff members noticed the spots on her hands and feet.
The infant’s mother Lauren, 25, feared for her life after she discovering her baby’s hands and feet turned blue.
Lauren, a nurse herself, said, “Her hands and feet were blue. I went and picked her up and I noticed that she was having some rapid respirations.
“It was absolutely terrifying. My first instinct as a mother was – what’s going on? And then my second instinct, as a nurse, is she’s not getting enough oxygen.
The infants feet turned blue during the ordealCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
The infants hands also turned a blue colorCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
“My husband and I were just sitting there sobbing because we didn’t know if she was going to make it or not,” Lauren added.
“Normally, for a baby, their heart rates are anywhere from 100 to mid-100s at rest.”
Heather Daniels, DO, an infectious disease specialist with the Clinic, said: “Hers was over 200 and it was going up to about 240 to 260.”
Madelyn was diagnosed with a rare Covid-complication called multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.
It is a condition where different body parts, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs become inflamed.
“A lot of the body’s reaction to the previous infection causes it to ramp up and cause lots of inflammation,” Dr Daniels said.
The infants and her mother Lauren, who is also a nurseCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
The baby recovered after doctors discovered she was dealing with a rare Covid-complication called multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-CCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Grant received steroids and an antibody therapy to reduce inflammation and she was out of danger after 24 hours.
“She was smiling again,” Lauren said. “She was kind of moving a little bit more and it really gave my husband and I some hope.”
The five-month-old left the hospital after 10 days and is now recovering at home.
Lauren is urging parents to monitor their children closely particularly if they have recently recovered from coronavirus.
“I feel like we were really lucky because Maddie didn’t have to be put on a ventilator,” the mom said. “It’s super important to be able to recognize these symptoms in kids.”
Dr Daniels encouraged parents to look out for a prolonged, unexplained fever, rashes, red eyes, abdominal pain, chest pain, diarrhea or difficulty breathing.
She added that most children who receive treatment for the rare condition recover but cautioned that because MIS-C is a new illness, doctors are not sure what its long-term implications could be.