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Covid-19 Advice for Children & Young People

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, go to the RCPCH website, call 111 or contact your GP. For information about crying babies, go to the Icon Cope website. 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.

Explaining Covid-19 to Children

The document below is designed to help parents and healthcare professionals explain coronavirus to children;

Explaining COVID19 to Children

Document from Derby and Derbyshire LMC website.

Advice and resources for parents and carers in talking to children about Coronavirus and school closures

Document by Derbyshire County Council

Advice on what to do if your child becomes unwell during Covid-19

The documents below give advice on what to do and who to contact if your child becomes unwell or injured during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid19 advice for parents when child unwell or injured

Parent Guide COVID19

Advice for parents during coronavirus – babies less than 3 months

Advice for parents during coronavirus

Advice for parents and carers on school absence

Guidance on whether to keep your child off school if they are ill

Covid-19 absence – a quick guide for parents and carers

Advice for young people during coronavirus

Advice for young people during coronavirus