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What is Kawasaki Syndrome?
Kawasaki is an acute illness usually seen in children, most commonly under 8 years of age. It is an inflammatory process that affects almost every system in the body.
Dr Tomisaki Kawasaki of Tokyo, Japan, first described the signs (what we can see) and the symptoms (what the child feels) associated with Kawasaki in 1967. Since then it has been seen in virtually every country in the world.
Many parents find it difficult that there is no diagnostic test for Kawasaki. The diagnosis is based on the following criteria:
Temperature of 5 days or more +4 of the following:
Most of these symptoms occur in the first few days of the illness, although they may not all be present initially. There are also other typical features we see, which are those of irritability, loss of appetite, moodiness, diarrhoea, tummy ache, vomiting and jaundice.
The group was established in June 1994 by three mothers of children with Kawasaki. It is still run by two of them, Sue Davidson & Nicky Clements.
We have support from the medical profession and have set up a telephone help line giving parents information and understanding. We are trying to raise awareness of both the illness and ourselves. We currently have over 1100 families in the group and it is expanding.
Helping with research and gathering information about the illness and the children affected is very important to us. We collate the information about the children, their families and their illness using a questionnaire for parents. No personal information is used but the statistics we gather aid in research.
We raise funds to help the running costs to be met.
National Help Line: 02476 612178
Helpline Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Enquiries Email: email@example.com
Kawasaki Support Group
13, Norwood Grove