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Children exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms? Here's what every parent/carer should do:

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No matter how careful and vigilant you are at home and from going out to avoid being infected with COVID-19, there is still a chance for you to have it or even infect your household.
The last thing that you want to happen is to infect your child who is not yet vaccinated against COVID-19. However, try not to panic if ever your child showed symptoms of COVID-19.
Here are the following common symptoms of COVID-19, according to a study :
· Fever or chills
· Cough
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Fatigue
· Muscle or body aches
· Headache
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
· Diarrhea
Try to contact or call your child's pediatrician if she shows any of these symptoms or if he or she developed the following symptoms:
· Difficult or labored breathing
· Signs of dehydration such as infrequent urination or inability to drink enough fluids
· Unusual sleepiness, difficulty waking up, or confusion
If your pediatrician advised you to have your child tested for COVID-19, then try to book online a home service for the RT PCR test.
These are the following steps that you should do if your child shows COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and KidsHealth :
1. Isolate
Your child should undergo 10 days of isolation without any interactions with other household members. As much as possible, try to have only one person who will take care of your sick child so that others will not be exposed.
Also, it is recommended for the family members to get tested after five to seven days of being exposed to the child who tested positive for COVID-19 or as soon as they also developed symptoms.
It is also advisable that family members get tested five to seven days after exposure to the child who tested positive if the family members are asymptomatic, or as soon as they show signs of any symptoms.
2. Monitor and help relieve symptoms
Follow the instructions given to you by your child's pediatrician so that you can monitor and manage their symptoms properly.
They may suggest that acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used as needed to help relieve aches, pains, and fevers.
Make sure that your child gets plenty of fluids and rest that he or she needs.
3. Ways on how to protect the other members of the family
Have your sick child use a different bathroom from others. If that isn't possible, wipe down the bathroom often.
Remind your family to always keep their hands clean such as washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Try your best to keep your child to stay in one room and avoid mingling with other family members.
Sanitize all the surfaces with cleaning wipes frequently throughout the day.
4. Prevent future infections and spread of COVID-19
Although most children who developed COVID-19 symptoms do not require hospital treatment some may encounter long-term symptoms which can last for weeks or months.
So if your child is 12 years old and above, the best protection that you can give to them is to have them vaccinated against COVID-19.
The vaccine is safe and protects us against the potential complications and harm from COVID-19 infection.
It is also important for you to follow COVID-19 protocols such as wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing, and having yourself vaccinated. (KBAPI)

Last Modified: 2022-Jan-13 17.15.27 UTC+0800