Kawasaki Disease tends to mostly strike children under the age of 5, initially manifesting itself with at least three of six symptoms and in many cases, this disease could cause serious damage to the heart (usually in the form of aneurysms caused by build up of inflammation to the coronary arteries of the heart).
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If your child has the following symptoms for more than 4 days ask the doctor for a heart scan by a pediatric cardiologist
A High Fever and loss of appetite
An Angry Rash
Red Bloodshot eyes
Red Cracked lips/strawberry tongue/sour mouth
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Peeling feet and hands
Some other symptoms such as irritability, moodiness, diarrhoea, vomiting, tummy ache and jaundice can be seen.
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To have been misdiagnosed before damage to my coronary arteries took place due to KD, infants like me who develop KD at an age younger than 1 are usually the most seriously ill and at greatest risk of long-term heart problems. I was only seven months old. My condition was escalating at speed, and my parents were told that I had a common flu virus which could be cleared with antibiotics. My parents realized something was wrong when no recovery became evident. On our fourth visit to the pediatricians, it was then that a South African nurse happened to recognize the classic symptoms of KD having seen it in his home country. I was treated with immunoglobulin also called gamma globulin, a blood product containing antibodies, along with aspirin for two years.