Infectious Disease

Kawasaki Disease Program

Kawasaki disease may affect your child’s lymph nodes, skin and mucous membranes (inside the mouth, nose and throat), but our goal in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Tufts Medical Center is to make sure that it does not affect his or her ability to have a normal life as a kid.

The signs of Kawasaki disease usually include:

  • Peeling skin
  • High fever
  • Red eyes
  • Swollen lips
  • Rash
  • Swollen hands and feet

These symptoms are frightening for parents. You can rest assured that at Tufts Medical Center, our pediatric infectious disease specialists will take every step necessary to provide your child with the right treatments so that he or she can recover as quickly as possible.

We begin by learning more about your child’s medical history and using tests to rule out other diseases that may cause similar symptoms. Our experts may also use electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, x-rays, urinalysis and blood tests so that we can determine an accurate diagnosis. Once this diagnosis has been made, we work to lower the fever and inflammation in order to prevent heart problems.

After our specialists have treated your child’s initial illness, we will schedule follow-up appointments and continually monitor him or her for complications. The most common complication from Kawasaki disease is heart problems, so we work in tandem with Pediatric Cardiology at Tufts Medical Center to assess heart health and provide treatment if necessary.

By working closely in a team of compassionate caregivers including Pediatric Cardiology, Child Life Specialists and Social Workers, we are able to provide you and your family the resources and expertise you need to understand this disease and what it means for your child.

To make an appointment, please call 617-636-8100.