Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: What to Do if Your Child Is Sickenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_01_2.jpgThere'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.2019-nCoV, coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus disease 2019, novel, Wuhan, corona, 2019 novel coronavirus, cold symptoms, flu symptoms, China, CDC, WHO, Chinese virus, SARS, MERS, respiratory symptoms, dry cough, difficulty breathing, breathing trouble, fever, 2019-nCoV infection,infections, infectious, outbreaks, epidemics, pneumonia, child, children, kids, short of breath, incubation period, contagious, pediatric, pediatrician, handwashing, hand washing, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, respiratory droplets, coronavirus pet, coronavirus dog, coronavirus cat, coronavirus in usa, coronavirus update03/05/202003/23/202103/23/2021Jonathan M. Miller, MD and Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD03/18/20219f829172-fa90-4c78-b539-04b38b4becfehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-child-is-sick.html/<p>Far fewer cases of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">coronavirus (COVID-19)</a> have been reported in children than in adults. Usually, the virus causes a milder illness in kids, though some children have become pretty sick.</p> <p>Many parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick. Here's what you need to know.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?</h3> <p>COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms, including:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/">cough</a></li> <li>trouble breathing</li> <li>symptoms of a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a> such as a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sore-throat-sheet.html/">sore throat</a>, congestion, or a runny nose</li> <li>chills</li> <li>muscle pain</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">headache</a></li> <li>a loss of taste or smell</li> <li>nausea or vomiting</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a></li> <li>tiredness</li> </ul> <p>Some kids are having symptoms caused by <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/inflammation.html/">inflammation</a> throughout the body, sometimes several weeks after they were infected with the virus. This is called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pmis.html/">multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C)</a>. Doctors are trying to find out how these symptoms are related to coronavirus infection.</p> <p>Symptoms of MIS-C can include:</p> <ul> <li>fever</li> <li>belly pain</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a> or diarrhea</li> <li>a rash</li> <li>neck pain</li> <li>red eyes</li> <li>feeling very tired</li> <li>red, cracked lips</li> <li>swollen hands or feet</li> <li>swollen glands (lymph nodes)</li> </ul> <p>Kids who are very sick with MIS-C may have trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, bluish lips or face, confusion, or trouble staying awake.</p> <p>Most kids with MIS-C get better after they get special care in the hospital, sometimes in the ICU (intensive care unit).</p> <h3>What Should I Do if My Child Has Symptoms?</h3> <p>Call your doctor if your child has a fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, or just doesn't feel well. If your child has been near someone with coronavirus or been in an area where lots of people have coronavirus, tell the doctor. Talk about whether your child needs a test for coronavirus. The doctor can decide whether your child:</p> <ul> <li>can be treated at home</li> <li>should come in for a visit</li> <li>can have a video or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/telemedicine.html/">telehealth</a> visit</li> </ul> <p>In a telehealth visit, a health care provider can see your child on video while you stay at home. If you can, choose a telehealth provider who specializes in caring for kids. If the doctor thinks your child needs care right away, they will guide you on where to go. When possible, check for telehealth in your area before anyone in your family is sick.</p> <p>Watch for signs that your child might need more medical help. <strong><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emergency-room.html/">Go to the ER</a> if your child:</strong></p> <ul> <li>looks very sick to you</li> <li>has breathing problems. Look for muscles pulling in between the ribs or the nostrils puffing out with each breath.</li> <li>is confused or very sleepy</li> <li>has chest pain</li> <li>has cold, sweaty, pale or blotchy skin</li> <li>is dizzy</li> <li>has very bad belly pain</li> </ul> <p><strong>Call 911 if your child is struggling to breathe, is too out of breath to talk or walk, or turns blue or has fainted.</strong></p> <h3>How Can I Keep My Family Safe if My Child Has Symptoms?</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Keep your family home until you talk to your doctor. If the doctor thinks your child's symptoms could be COVID-19, everyone in the household should stay home until testing is done or symptoms are gone. Check the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html">CDC's website</a> for details.</li> <li>Keep other people and pets in the house away from your child as much as possible.</li> <li>Try to have <strong>one person only</strong> care for the sick child so others are not exposed.</li> <li>If your child is <strong>over 2 years old</strong> and can wear a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-masks.html/">mask</a>&nbsp;without finding it hard to breathe, have them wear one when the caregiver is in the room. Don't leave your young child alone while they're wearing a mask. The caregiver also should wear one when in the same room. For more about masks, check the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html">CDC's guide</a>.</li> <li>If possible, have your sick child use a different bathroom from others. If that isn't possible, wipe down the bathroom often.</li> <li>Everyone in your family should <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">wash their hands</a> well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li> <li>Use regular household cleaners or wipes to clean things that get touched a lot (doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, phones, etc.). Do this every day.</li> </ul> <h3>How Do Doctors Test People for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?</h3> <p>To test someone for coronavirus, doctors put a Q-tip (a swab) into the nose or mouth, then send it to a lab. If the person coughs up mucus, doctors might send that for testing too. They also can test a sample of saliva (spit). Some areas offer <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-drive-thru-tests.html/">drive-thru testing</a>, which lets people stay in their car during the test. At some testing sites, people can swab themselves following directions from the health care team. People also can order special kits to do the test at home.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>How Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treated?</h3> <p>There is no specific medicine for COVID-19. Most people who have it <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-stop-spread.html/">get better at home</a> with plenty of liquids, rest, and comfort. Some people get very ill and need treatment in the hospital.</p> <h3>What Else Should I Know?</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/covid-vaccines.html/">COVID-19 vaccines</a> are now available for people 16 and older. Everyone should get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. Studies are under way to see if the vaccines are safe and effective in children younger than 16.</p> <p>During the pandemic, keep doing these things to keep your family healthy:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wear a mask in public and when sick.</li> <li>Wash hands well and often.</li> <li>Avoid large crowds and busy places.</li> <li>Avoid public indoor spaces, especially restaurants and bars.</li> <li>Stay at least <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-social-distancing.html/">6 feet away</a> from people you don't live with.</li> <li>Make sure kids get all recommended <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/">vaccinations</a> for other infections, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu.html/">the flu</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/measles.html/">measles</a>.</li> </ul>Pandemia del coronavirus (COVID-19): Qué hacer si su hijo está enfermo Todavía hay mucho que aprender sobre el COVID-19. 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