1. Stay at home: Follow ISOLATION (for people who test positive) and QUARANTINE (for household contacts of the person who tested positive) guidelines. If you have a young child who might be difficult to isolate, is best to minimize their interaction with other household contacts especially if they have a high risk medical condition.
2. Reach out: Contact anyone with whom your child might have had contact with during the 48 hours before they started to have symptoms, or during the 48 hours prior to the positive test result (if your child had no symptoms).
3. Self-Observation at home
4. Treatment: Increase fluid intake, rest, and good nutrition. Use a humidifier if your child has congestion. There is no established medicine regimen for children to follow at this time. People with COVID-19 should avoid strenuous exercise, but gentle walking and movement is encouraged (try not to lie in bed all day - gently move your legs to get the blood circulating). For those with cough - encourage deep breaths and change position every few hours to help keep the lungs open.
5. When to call the doctor: The majority of children with COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms. Dehydration, pneumonia, and wheezing are possible complications. A very rare, but serious condition called Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is possibly connected with COVID-19. Call us at (407)814-4934 with any questions, or right away if your child has:
6. After the Illness: Guidelines for health monitoring after COVID-19 in children are being developed and are likely to change as more research and data are available. All My Kids Pediatrics is currently following the recommendations from the AAP in regards to return to activity/ sports (American Academy of Pediatrics):