As a parent, how do I know how bad the symptoms are?
COVID-19 looks like most pediatric illnesses – coughing, sneezing, congestion, and usually fever. Many reports suggest that coronavirus symptoms worsen in the second week of illness.
Read the following for some general ideas about the severity of your child's symptoms:
* Mild symptoms are generally found in a well-appearing child with mild fever of few days or infrequent cough.
* Moderate symptoms are those seen in a sick/ill-appearing child with fever, frequent cough, or mild fatigue.
* Severe symptoms include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, drastic change in activity, or dehydration.
The guidance below applies only to children with MILD ILLNESS WITH LOWER RISK OF EXPOSURE:
(Note: THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, HIGHER RISK POPULATIONS, OR MODERATE TO SEVERE SYMPTOMS--if this applies to your child, call us please.)
We are here to help you assess your child’s risk and next steps.
If you are unsure, call us, we are here for you.
The information below will get you started: (again, call us if you have any further questions or clarifications)
1. In general, for an otherwise well and immunized infant or child, that is over the age of 3 months old, keep your child with mild illness home under careful parental observation.
2. If your child is under 3 months with fever and low risk contacts, schedule an appointment. You may still be directed to speak to a nurse before scheduling.
3. If your child is under 3 months with fever and higher risk or likely coronavirus exposure call our office and ask to speak with our triage team.
4. If your immunized child is 3 months to 2 years old with mild symptoms, they can be monitored at home for up to 48 hours depending on your comfort level.
5. If your immunized child is over 2 years old with mild symptoms, they can be monitored at home for 3-5 days depending on your comfort level.