At this challenging time, it is extremely important for you to know that COVID-19 is unlikely to make your child unwell, but they like everyone else might be infectious so staying at home when well remains the message. However, all the ‘normal’ illnesses that can make children severely unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professionals even if they are unwell because of concerns about COVID-19. GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done for children.
If you are not sure if your child is unwell and whether they need to be seen, click _ here, call 111 or contact your GP. For information about crying babies, click here. If your child appears severely unwell and advice is not quickly available call 999 or take them to ED as you would in other times.
Children not Shielding but clinically vulnerable
If your child is clinically vulnerable, but not severe high risk to be shielding, the General Practitioners Committee have advised, it is inappropriate for GPs to make a decision for parents as to whether it is safe for your child to attend school. This is a discussion you must have with the school and they will need to do a risk assessment.