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Guidance Note for Parents of Children Who are Self-Isolating

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:

  • high temperature

  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours 

  • loss or change to your 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 you 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

  2. 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 NHS111 if you are worried about your child or not sure what to do:

  • For children aged 5 or over – use the NHS111 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 the link below:

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

The contents of this post are from the NHS Website relating to Coronavirus.

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