Guidance Note for Parents of Children who are Self-Isolating

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Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it is usually less serious.

Symptoms of Coronavirus in Children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

    What to do if your child has symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate by

    their school:

     

    If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

    1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.

      Tests can be accessed through the GOV.UK website.

      Your GP is unable to order these tests for you.

      https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

  1. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

 

Get advice from NHS 111 if you're worried about your child or not sure what to do.

  • For children aged 5 or over – use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
  • For children under 5 – call 111.

For further information on when it may be appropriate to speak to your GP please follow this link:

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

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