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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.

  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:

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

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