Experts are still learning about COVID-19, and the lack of information is one of the top causes of concern, especially among parents. So far, what we know is most reported cases of the coronavirus is among adults. Children who do have it are either already immuno-compromised or are getting a milder version of the disease.
Still, concerns about the younger population may still be weighing on parents’ minds, which is understandable, as they want to be informed and take precautions where possible. Below are answers to questions that are commonly asked by parents about COVID-19 and how it affects children.
How do we prevent coronavirus transmission among children?
Wash and clean your hands often. You have probably heard this before, but it remains to be the best way to protect you and your children from the virus. Kids like to touch their face. Your nose, mouth, and eyes are all portals of entry for the virus into your body. It is advisable to teach children frequent hand washing using water and soap, or if unavailable, alcohol-based sanitizer.
Avoid people who are sick, especially if they have respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing — and vice versa.
Clean and disinfect areas in your house that are constantly touched, such as tables, chairs, door knobs, light switches, remotes, desks and sinks. Launder items frequently as well, including washable plush toys while following manufacturer’s instructions.
Limit time with other children. While school is out, children should not have in-person playdates with children from other households. If children are playing outside their own homes, it is essential that they remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in their own household
Limit time with older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions. These people are at the highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Consider also postponing visits to see older relatives or grandparents. There are other ways of connecting with them, such as digitally or writing letters.
What do we do when our children get sick?
In this time, it may alarm parents when their child gets a fever, cough, or sore throat. First of all, do your best to stay calm. Showing signs of distress to a sick child may further agitate them so try to conceal them the best you can.
Call your doctor. Your doctor knows your child’s health history and will know if your child has any special risks. The doctor will ask how your child is doing and if they’ve been around someone with known or suspected coronavirus. Your doctor’s office will tell you what to do next and whether you need an in-person visit.
Keep your child home. This keeps your child away from other germs. It also helps prevent your child from spreading the illness to others. If the doctor thinks your child might have coronavirus, the whole family will need to stay home.
Try to have one person only care for the sick child so others are not exposed. If your child is over 2 years old and can wear a face mask or cloth face covering without finding it hard to breathe, have them wear one when the caregiver is in the room. Don’t leave your child alone while they’re wearing a mask or cloth face covering. If your child can’t wear one, the caregiver should wear one when in the same room.
If possible, have your sick child use a different bathroom from others. If that isn’t possible, wipe down the bathroom often.
Everyone in your family should wash their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Help your child get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids.
Watch for signs that your child might need more medical help, such as trouble breathing, fast breathing, sleepiness, not being able to drink a lot of liquids, or signs of dehydration like peeing less than usual.
Should I get my child checked for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
With the nonstop news coverage, it’s easy to think that coronavirus symptoms are an emergency. But it’s important not to run to the ER at the first sign of fever.
Instead, call your doctor or use telehealth if your child has:
- a fever
- a cough
- sore throat
- fast breathing
- signs of dehydration, such as not peeing for 8-12 hours, no tears when crying, or being less active than usual
They’ll help you know if you can care for your child at home or if you need to go to the doctor’s office or the ER.
Go to the ER if your child:
- has breathing problems. Look for muscles pulling in between the ribs or the nose puffing out with each breath.
- is confused or very sleepy
Call 911 if your child is struggling to breathe, is too out of breath to talk or walk, or turns blue.
What else do I need to know?
As alarming as the whole situation may sound, protecting your family from the virus is fairly easy. Wash your hands often, cover coughs or sneezes, and practice social distancing. A plethora of professional disinfection services may be near you as well, which is definitely an extra safe guard against the coronavirus.
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