Mar 16, 2020
COVID-19 guidance families from Children’s Hospital New Orleans. What is social-distancing, when is a fever worrisome, what to do if your child shows symptoms, and more.
Best Practices to Keep Your Children Healthy:
– Hand Hygiene: Frequent hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
– Avoid touching your face or eyes.
– Social distancing: Avoid public spaces like playgrounds, restaurants, churches, and movie theaters.
– Maintain 3–6 feet of distance from others.
– Avoid shaking or touching hands.
– Around the home: Clean frequently-touched surfaces (counters, bathroom sinks, doorknobs, etc).
For Children with Symptoms of Respiratory Illness
What are signs and symptoms of respiratory illness?
– Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
– Shortness of breath.
– Muscle aches.
– Sore throat.
What should I do if my child is showing these signs and symptoms?
– Home quarantine your child (do not leave the house or yard) until they show no symptoms for 72 hours.
– Avoid close contact with high-risk populations (people 60 years or older or anyone with chronic diseases or respiratory illness).
– Continue implementing the best practices listed above.
– Contact your regular primary care healthcare provider with concerns.
For Children with COVID-19 Exposure
(Children who live with, have had physical contact with, or who have been exposed to secretions of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.)
If your child has no symptoms of respiratory illness:
Keep your child at home for 14 days — your child may leave the home for short intervals (walk in the neighborhood/park), but avoid contact with other individuals (i.e., playgrounds); and continue implementing the best practices listed above.
If your child is showing symptoms of respiratory illness:
Begin home quarantining your child for at least 14 days and until child has no symptoms for 72 hours. Call Children’s Hospital New Orleans Virtual Care line at 504-837-7760 for further guidance. It may be necessary to test your child for COVID-19.
Note: As of March 15, COVID-19 testing is not widely available in our community.
Do I Need to Get My Child Tested for COVID-19?
Most children do not need to be tested. Testing is recommended if your child is displaying symptoms of respiratory illness and has had a known close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19.