With the nonstop news coverage, it’s easy to think that coronavirus symptoms are an emergency. It is, however, important not to run to the ER at the first sign of fever. Instead, call your doctor or use our telehealth program if your child has:
- a fever
- a cough
- fast breathing or shortness of breath
- signs of dehydration, such as not peeing for 8-12 hours, no tears when crying, or being less active than usual
Our telehealth team will 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
Healthy children do not appear to be at higher risk of getting COVID-19.
While your children are out of school please note these tips:
- Limit their social interactions. Remember, if children meet outside of school in groups, it can put everyone at risk. Let’s all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used spaces in your home often.
- Have everyone wash their hands often. This is a great chance to practice the alphabet!
- The transition to being at home will be different for preschoolers, K-5, middle school students, and high school students. Talk to your child about expectations and how they are adjusting to being at home versus at school.
- Check with your school on plans to continue meal services during the school dismissal. Many schools are keeping school facilities open to allow families to pick up meals or are providing grab-and-go meals at a central location.
- Watch for signs of stress in your child. Some common changes to watch for include excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, and difficulty with attention and concentration.
- Create a schedule and routine for learning at home, but remain flexible. Keep your consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday, structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals, and physical activity, and allow flexibility in the schedule—it’s okay to adapt based on your day!