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Health Information For Parents
We’re still learning about coronavirus (COVID-19). Far fewer cases of the virus have been reported in children, and it seems to usually cause a milder infection in them than in adults and older people. But some kids have developed more serious symptoms.
Many parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick. Here’s what you need to know.
Coronavirus can cause:
Some kids are having symptoms caused by inflammation throughout the body, sometimes several weeks after they were infected with the virus. Doctors are trying to find out how these symptoms are related to coronavirus infection.
Symptoms that have been seen in kids include:
If your child has any of the symptoms:
Call 911 if your child is struggling to breathe, is too out of breath to talk or walk, or turns blue or has fainted.
Testing for COVID-19 is changing. Doctors, hospitals, commercial labs, local health departments, and the U.S. Public Health Service are working together to help get tests to the people who need them.
To test someone for coronavirus, doctors put a long Q-tip into the nose (called a nasal swab) and send it to a lab. If the person coughs up mucus, doctors might send that for testing too. Some areas offer drive-thru testing, which lets people stay in their car during the test.
If you think your child has symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor or local health department. They will give you the most up-to-date information on testing.
Doctors and researchers are working on medicines and a vaccine for coronavirus. Most people with the illness, including children, get better with rest, fluids, and fever-reducing medicine. Some people with more severe symptoms need treatment in the hospital.
Keep doing these things to keep your family healthy:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is making people sick with flu-like symptoms. Read this article to learn how to protect your family, and to know when to call your doctor.
Now that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading through communities in many countries, the best way to fight this spread is for everyone to practice social distancing. Here’s what that means.
We’re learning more about coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. Here are answers to some questions you may have about symptoms, care, and protecting your family.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes inflammation throughout the body. Doctors are trying to find out how these symptoms are related to coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
A drive-thru testing site is a place where parents and children stay in the car while a health care provider does a test.
Anyone who is sick â even if they don’t know for sure they have coronavirus (COVID-19) â should stay home unless they need medical care. This helps prevent the illness from spreading to others.
Preparing for coronavirus means being ready to stay home. Here’s how to do that.
Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). To make sure they get reliable information, here’s how to talk about it.
Looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Find articles and videos that explain what this virus is, how to prepare for it, how to talk to kids about it, and much more.
Here are the 4 best ways everyone (including kids) can help stop coronavirus.
Telehealth is changing health care. Find out how things like video doctor visits can benefit you and your family.
Should you head to the ER when your child is hurt or ill? What about an urgent care center? Different problems need different levels of care, and you have many options.
Washing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here’s how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.
Fevers happen when the body’s internal “thermostat” raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body’s way of fighting infections.
Everyone has questions about coronavirus (COVID-19). You probably have many of your own. You might have students or their parents asking you what to do. Here are answers to some common questions about coronavirus.
All kids get a fever from time to time. Here’s how to take your child’s temperature, safely and accurately.
Fevers are usually not cause for alarm – they’re the body’s way of fighting infection. Here’s what to do if your child has a fever.
What are fevers? Why do kids get them? Get the facts on temperatures and fevers in this article for kids.
Kids can become dehydrated when their bodies lose very large amounts of fluids. It’s important to replenish fluid losses as quickly as possible.
Coughs are a common symptom, butÂ most aren’t a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.
Coughing is a healthy reflex that helps clear the airways. A severe or lingering cough requires medical treatment, but many coughs are caused by viruses that just need to run their course.
It can be hard to know if kids are well enough to go to school or childcare. Here are some guidelines.
Colds are the most common infectious disease in the United States – and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.
Many people – kids and adults – are worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). But anxiety about it doesn’t have to get the upper hand. Here’s how to calm fears and focus on good things.
We’re learning more every day about coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some answers to questions about coronavirus and pregnancy.
Mothers with coronavirus (COVID-19) can still breastfeed their babies or give expressed breast milk. Here’s what else the experts say.
Why is social distancing important? Find out how to keep yourself and other people healthy.
Adjusting to new routines during the coronavirus pandemic is stressful for everyone, but especially for children with autism who have trouble with change. Here’s how parents can help.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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