What do we do about children in our care who need medical supervision or intervention?
While reports convey that children are less affected by COVID-19, caregivers should be vigilant in protection and realize that children can become seriously ill, especially if they have underlying health conditions.
Most people that are infected by COVID-19 are able to make a full recovery in their own residence.
General health guidelines for children
STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES
In many of our communities, hospital and medical resources will be limited compared to the needs of the population. The best place for a child to recover is in their home. While there is no cure for COVID-19, most individuals make a full recovery.
Cases of COVID-19 can produce flu-like symptoms and can also lead to tightness in the chest or shortness of breath. Treat the symptoms using ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever, body aches. Do not use cough medicine for children, though a sucker can also offer relief.
While the child’s appetite will lessen, caregivers should, as much as the child is able, encourage them to eat as those nutrients are critical to their recovery.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
In the event that a child (or another house member) exhibits significant symptoms, take them to the hospital or clinic where they can receive care from medical professionals.