While Jett Travolta's recent death
is said to be caused by serious head trauma
following a seizure, there's talk everywhere of Kawasaki
Syndrome, also known as Kawasaki
Disease. Jett's mom Kelly Preston
has been vocal about the illness her son with husband John Travolta
was diagnosed at the age of two. Now Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell
reveals his six-year-old son Baylee was also recently diagnosed with KS.
But what is it and how is it detected? We asked momlogic pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson
for answers. Here's what she told us:
syndrome is an uncommon illness that usually affects young children (under the age of five). It involves fever and inflammation throughout the body. The most feared complications involve inflammation of the blood vessels, especially the coronary arteries that feed the heart muscle.
As parents, should we be worried that KS is affecting our own kids? Dr. Cara says, "In order to qualify as having Kawasaki's you have to have five days of fever. Most kids are very fussy and have dry, cracked lips and/or red eyes. Kids are pretty sick with Kawasaki's ... Parents have usually been in to see the doctor before the five day mark because the kids feel so bad. But you cannot (technically) make the diagnosis without five days of fever."
Standard treatments for KS include high doses of aspirin to reduce fever and overall swelling and an immunoglobulin to reduce arterial inflammation and prevent heart complications.