The coronavirus (COVID-19) has uprooted many of our day-to-day lives—especially the lives of our children. With schools shut down and summer activities being canceled or postponed, many people are left wondering whether or not their kids are safe. Can kids get coronavirus/COVID-19? What does it look like when children start to show symptoms of the coronavirus, or do they show symptoms at all?
In general, it has been shown that children do not have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than adults. However, that doesn’t mean that they are immune. Let’s take a closer look at what the coronavirus might look like in children and what to do if you suspect your child might have the virus.
Coronavirus Symptoms in Kids
The symptoms of coronavirus in kids may look a little different from child to child. The most common symptoms will likely mimic those of the flu, such as a fever or cough. Although many people who get the virus will not be considered severely ill, a small percentage of people may experience more serious problems. And while adults currently make up most known cases of COVID-19, children can still contract and spread the virus.
Common symptoms of coronavirus in kids:
- Fever or chills
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell or taste
- Muscle pain
While this list indicates some of the symptoms of the coronavirus kids may experience, it does not reflect every individual’s experience. Many children will have a variety of different symptoms, most of which will often be mild. However, in some cases, children with underlying health conditions might experience more severe symptoms and may require hospital care.
The following symptoms require emergency medical attention:
- High fever
- Severe stomach pain
- Chest pressure or pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue or white face, fingers, or toes
- Inability to stay awake
- Neck pain
What to Do If Your Child Is Sick
If your child has symptoms of the coronavirus, you should call a medical provider to determine whether or not they might be eligible for testing. If so, they should be tested as soon as possible to determine if they are positive or negative. The Urgency Room is currently offering coronavirus testing at our Woodbury location.
If your child is positive, it is recommended to keep them home and away from others for at least 14 days. You should seek immediate medical treatment in severe cases.
There is currently no vaccine or cure for the coronavirus. However, if your child has mild symptoms and doesn’t require hospitalization, you can take some steps to make them more comfortable at home. You should give your child plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and encourage rest. Check on them regularly to ensure their symptoms aren’t worsening, and try to keep them in an area of the house away from other family members.
To keep everyone else in your home safe, we recommend disinfecting common areas in your home regularly and encourage all family members to stay a safe distance away from those infected. We also recommend contacting your child’s pediatrician for detailed care instructions before giving your child any pain medication.
How to Keep Your Children Healthy
In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to keep your children healthy, there are a variety of prevention strategies you can practice. First, it’s imperative to teach children the importance of washing their hands and practicing social distancing whenever possible. Make sure that you are being a good role model by washing your hands often—if you’re doing it, they are more likely to, as well.
It’s also a good idea to keep your kids as active as possible while staying at home. Encourage your child to play outside and take them for walks or bike rides when possible. It’s also a good idea to take indoor stretch breaks or play quick games to keep them healthy and focused.
We understand this time may be difficult for families with young children, so it’s vital to help manage stress (both yours and theirs!) by keeping up with a regular routine as much as possible.
Stay Safe with Help From The Urgency Room
We understand the concern and stress the coronavirus pandemic has caused many people, and at The Urgency Room, we are here to help. If your child is experiencing non-emergency symptoms of the coronavirus, you should head to our Woodbury location for testing. If your child is experiencing severe symptoms, or their symptoms worsen after testing positive, head to the nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention. Our Eagan and Vadnais Heights locations are open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. if you need to be treated for another illness or medical condition.