Here's What to Do If Your Child Tests Positive for COVID-19
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to grow, more parents are finding themselves in a situation where their child has tested positive. It is essential to know what steps to take to ensure your child's safety and well-being. The pediatricians and nurse practitioners at Health Services of North Texas are happy to provide comprehensive information and advice when COVID-19 impacts your family.
When to test your child for COVID-19
If your child shows COVID-19 symptoms, it is important to get them tested as soon as possible. Some symptoms in children include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
At-home tests are available over-the-counter at your local drugstore, but the most accurate method is through a swab test administered by a medical professional. A positive result means your child has the virus and can pass it on to others.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, take immediate action to help them recover and prevent the spread of the virus. Here are some steps families can take in Denton, Plano, and Wylie, TX:
- Isolate your child from others in the household: Your child should stay in a separate room or maintain a distance of at least six feet. This is especially necessary if you have other young children or vulnerable family members like seniors in the home. Families should also avoid sharing personal items such as towels or bedding with the child.
- Help your child stay hydrated and comfortable: Make sure they drink plenty of fluids like water and juice while resting as much as possible. Over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen can relieve fever and pain, but ask your pediatrician before giving them any medications.
- Monitor your child’s COVID-19 symptoms: Keep track of their temperature and any other new or worsening symptoms. Shortness of breath or chest pain requires immediate medical attention from a healthcare provider.
- Clean and disinfect your home: Clean and disinfect any surfaces or items that may be contaminated with the virus. Check out the CDC’s guidance for disinfecting your home if someone is sick.
About our pediatric sick visits
Health Services of North Texas offers pediatric sick visits or telehealth appointments for children with COVID-19 symptoms. Our providers can discuss your child’s individual care and determine the best course of action moving forward.
Health Services of North Texas has implemented many safety protocols, including screenings upon arrival, social distancing measures, and personal protective equipment to help keep patients and staff safe. We also offer telehealth appointments for families who prefer to consult with a provider virtually.
Schedule a pediatric sick visit
We understand many parents are worried about their child’s health in regard to COVID-19. If your child has known symptoms, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our experienced pediatricians and nurse practitioners are here to provide much-needed guidance and support. Health Services of North Texas offers convenient care for individuals living in Denton, Plano, or Wylie, TX.