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During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, kids with special health care needs still need routine care. But how they get it might change. Some routine visits are being canceled, or done over the phone or through telehealth. Here’s more on what to expect during this challenging time.
Few kids have been found to have the illness. So it’s hard for experts to yet know how COVID-19 might affect kids with ongoing health problems. The best bet is to be safe and follow the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes important steps to avoid infection, such as:
Talk to your health care provider. Many doctor’s offices are rescheduling appointments or using telehealth. If you haven’t heard yet, call the office to find out. Some in-person visits might be needed. If so, talk to the office about how they are keeping kids and families safe. The medical staff will likely be wearing masks. You and your child might need to wear them also. Let your child know he or she is safe and there’s no reason to be scared.
Yes. Keep giving all regular daily medicines unless the care team tells you to stop. The best way to keep kids healthy is to take care of their health condition. Being in their best health will make it easier for kids to get better from coronavirus if they do get the infection.
Keep at least 2–3 weeks of medicine and other needed supplies on hand at all times. Work with your insurance and home medical supply companies to order refills well before they run out.
Yes. Continue chemotherapy or any other medicines that can lower the immune system until you talk to the care team. Only stop medicines if the care team tells you to. Follow guidelines on how to prevent infection, including staying home and washing hands well and often.
Home health care providers play an important role in caring for some kids with special health needs. Talk with your care team about your child’s in-home care providers. Ask if they’re all needed now. Any care provider who is sick shouldn’t help care for your child. Ask care providers to wash their hands well for at least 20 seconds when they arrive, and often while they provide care. Set up hand-washing stations with plenty of soap and paper towels. Keep hand sanitizer close by as well. Post signs as reminders to clean hands.
First, call the health care team. They know 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.
If your child has a central line, is on chemotherapy, or has a weak immune system, follow the usual instructions for what to do for fever. Usually, this means calling the care team right away.
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.
There’s still much to learn about COVID-19. Still, parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick during the pandemic. Here’s what doctors say to do if your child has coronavirus symptoms.
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.
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.
Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). To make sure they get reliable information, here’s how to talk about it.
Families everywhere are staying home to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These tips can help you make the best of your time together.
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 every day about coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some answers to questions about coronavirus and pregnancy.
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.
You might have more on your plate than most parents, but it doesn’t mean you have to do it all alone. Here’s how to ask for help and avoid caregiver burnout.
Finding that perfect person to care for your child can be a challenge. These resources can help.
With info on financial and health care benefits to employment and housing options, this video series can help you plan for your child’s future.
You might think face masks are mostly for the operating room. But during the coronavirus outbreak, you might see more people wearing them. Here’s why.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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