Eight-month-old baby's skin turned red with Kawasaki-like disease

Heartbreaking images show eight-month-old baby whose skin turned bright red after falling ill with Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus

  • Elle Adams, from Manchester, phoned 111 when her son Lewis came up in a rash
  • Lewis’s entire body was ‘bright red and swollen’ and his lips even began bleeding
  • Elle, 40, had heard about an inflammatory disease linked with coronavirus 
  • Lewis is being given specialist care at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital 
  • Post Covid-19 Inflammatory Syndrome normally affects children under five
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Heartbreaking images show an eight-month-old baby whose skin turned bright red after being hospitalised with a Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus.

Worried mother Elle Adams, from Tameside, Manchester, phoned 111 after her baby, Lewis, came up in red rash on his cheeks, which later spread across his entire body. 

Photographs show the baby in hospital after his skin turned ‘bright red and swollen’ from the inflammatory syndrome linked with coronavirus.

Eight-month-old baby Lewis (pictured) has spent a week in hospital after his skin became ‘bright red and swollen’ from falling ill with a Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus

His mother Elle Adams phoned 111 after Lewis first came up in red rash on his cheeks, which later spread across his entire body. She was told to take him to A&E at Tameside Hospital

Lewis has spent a week in hospital after falling ill with the Kawasaki-like disease, with his mother sitting at his bedside.

Lewis has undergone several invasive treatments at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after his lips became so swollen that they began pouring with blood.

‘He has been a little wreck of himself’, 40-year-old Elle said.

Lewis, who is normally a ‘happy, healthy, chubby little boy’, first developed a fever last Sunday.

He became ‘irritable’, losing interest in food and milk and by Monday, he developed spots on his cheeks.

Elle said at first, she and her fiancé Simon did not think much of it, but by the evening arrived the rash had spread.   

A scar from a vaccination turned into a ‘pinky orange lump’, and the rash began developing on other parts of his body, in the folds of skin around his neck and on his ears.

Lewis had to undergo several invasive treatments at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after his lips became so swollen that they began pouring with blood

Elle Adams (pictured with Lewis) had heard about an inflammatory Kawasaki-like disease, called Post Covid-19 Inflammatory Syndrome. The 40-year-old mother urges anyone in doubt about a rash or illness to call 111

‘At that point we phoned 111’, Elle said.

She was told by the operator to take Lewis to A&E at Tameside Hospital.

Elle, a teacher who has been on maternity leave, had heard about an inflammatory, Kawasaki-like disease, called Post Covid-19 Inflammatory Syndrome.

The condition mainly affects children under the age of five and is thought to be a delayed immune reaction to coronavirus. 

Elle said: ‘At the back of my mind I thought “please don’t be that”. That was just at the back of my mind, I thought it wouldn’t be that, just an infection.’

Lewis was tested for coronavirus, a standard procedure for children going into hospital, and the result came back negative.

He was then moved into an observation room and his rash became worse as parts of his body became ‘bright red and swollen’.

Lewis was first given Piriton to stop the swelling, as it looked like an allergic reaction, and was later given antibiotics as medics told Elle he could be suffering from sepsis.

By Wednesday, his whole body had become bright red and he ‘looked like he had been in the sun all day’.

He was given an Intravenous immunoglobulin – an IV drip with antibodies – for several hours, which brought the rash down, before medics took blood tests.  

The condition mainly affects children under the age of five and is thought to be a delayed immune reaction to coronavirus. Medics gave Lewis tests, which showed ‘high markers’ for inflammation, believed to be a post-Covid-19 immune response

Blood tests taken by doctors, his rash and his fever all pointed to signs that Lewis was suffering from the Kawasaki-like disease. Another test showed Lewis had antibodies for coronavirus and medics began monitoring his heart, as the condition can cause a heart attack

The tests showed Lewis had ‘really high markers’ for inflammation, which they believed could be a post-Covid-19 immune response.

Lewis was moved to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for specialist care.

The blood tests, the rash and the fever all pointed to signs that Lewis was suffering from the Kawasaki-like disease.

Another test also showed that Lewis had antibodies for coronavirus and medics began monitoring his heart, as the condition can cause a heart attack.

Elle said: ‘This is why it is so scary. It’s the things you can’t see happening.

‘They were constantly monitoring his blood pressure, his heart rate, and he had a heart scan.’

But she said the scan showed no damage.  

Lewis had another round of the intravenous immunoglobulin on Friday night.

Over the course of Saturday, the rash on his legs and arms thankfully subsided.

He is still in hospital, but is showing signs of improvement. 

Elle said: ‘He seems to be perking up, his fever has come down.

‘He was pulling out his feeding tube today, he has had a bit of energy and sass’.

Over the course of Saturday, the rash on Lewis’s legs and arms thankfully subsided, but he still still need further checks and will take aspirin for six weeks and steroids

Lewis will still need further checks and he will have to take aspirin for six weeks to protect his heart.

The eight-month-old baby is also on steroids.

‘Hopefully there won’t be any damage, that’s a really great outcome’, Elle said.

Only one parent is allowed to stay with Lewis in hospital due to the coronavirus lockdown, meaning Elle’s fiancé Simon stayed at home looking after their three-year-old daughter Lydia.

Elle said: ‘It’s been really scary, but very reassuring, due to the care he has received.

‘He has not been himself, he has been through a lot. It’s been a sleepless week. 

‘Lydia has been really upset about him not being at home. I have been speaking to her on FaceTime. She has been crying saying “when are you home?”‘

 Elle would urge anyone in doubt about a rash or illness to call 111.

‘I think you know your own child, but if they are unwell, make sure you do notice, and just ask for help. They have seen it before at the hospital’, she said.

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