The week's best parenting advice: February 16, 2021

A rise in coronavirus-induced illnesses in kids, the case for banning loud toys, and more

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1. A rise in severe coronavirus-induced illnesses in kids

Cases of the coronavirus-induced Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, are growing more common and more severe, doctors report. While the condition remains rare — 2,060 cases have been recorded in America since the pandemic began — at least one hospital in Washington, D.C., reports that between 80 and 90 percent of its patients with MIS-C now need treatment in intensive care, compared to about half during the hospital's first wave. Children ranging from infancy to age 20 usually start displaying MIS-C symptoms a few weeks after contracting COVID-19. Initial symptoms include fever, rash, red eyes, or gastrointestinal problems — a common set of issues that lead pediatricians to sometimes overlook MIS-C as a diagnosis. But the illness can soon progress to severe cardiovascular issues. Older children and those who are obese tend to have more severe cases. So far, most children have gone home healthy after fighting off the illness, though doctors aren't sure how it will affect them in the long run.

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Jessica Hullinger

Jessica Hullinger is a writer and former deputy editor of The Week Digital. Originally from the American Midwest, she completed a degree in journalism at Indiana University Bloomington before relocating to New York City, where she pursued a career in media. After joining The Week as an intern in 2010, she served as the title’s audience development manager, senior editor and deputy editor, as well as a regular guest on “The Week Unwrapped” podcast. Her writing has featured in other publications including Popular Science, Fast Company, Fortune, and Self magazine, and she loves covering science and climate-related issues.