How do I treat my child if they become ill?January 6, 2021 3:00 am
Signs and symptoms of COVID19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms. If symptoms are present your child should be self isolated/quarantined at home, away from others. They should not leave your home for any reason until 10 days after symptom onset and 1 day after resolution of fever and respiratory symptoms (whichever lasts longer). If leaving the house less than 14 days after symptom onset, they should wear a mask. Self treatment includes tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever, pain or myalgia. If your child has an asthma control plan or respiratory control plan you should diligently follow their plan for worsening respiratory symptoms. If sick, check their temperature daily and monitor for symptoms of respiratory distress. If they need emergent care you should come to Children’s emergency department.