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COVID-19 QUESTIONS: Visit these websites for the most up to date information. https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html OR https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Children & COVID-19, Frequently Asked Questions answered by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt: When children go to school or daycare, how can we protect them from COVID-19?
Encourage students and staff to take everyday preventative actions like staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing masks, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and washing hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. We also recommend that students and staff have symptom and temperature screening before entering the building.
High-Risk Conditions for Severe Illness from COVID-19: Chronic kidney disease COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher) Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies Sickle cell disease Diabetes mellitus
Children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children. The overall death rate is low among children (less than 1% of those who become ill), but the long-term consequences of the disease remain unknown. Other conditions that are less well studied but might put someone in a higher risk category can be found on the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html
When should children be suspected of having COVID-19?
Children should be suspected of having COVID- 19 if they have (1) fever AND cough or shortness of breath, OR (2) cough or shortness of breath and exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. If they had exposure to someone with COVID-19 also look out for less common symptoms like runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath, or belly troubles like throwing up or diarrhea. Testing may or may not be needed for children with these less common symptoms.
My child tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
Call your pediatrician. The majority of children recover well at home. As you care for your child at home, be on the lookout for any changes in their health. Call your provider if your child gets worse, has trouble breathing or seems confused. Your goal is to help your child feel more comfortable. Keep a close eye on them, watch for any signs of serious illness and make sure they drink enough liquids. Your child should stay away from others for 10 days AND until their fever and other symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours without taking any fever-lowering medicines. Other people in your household should also stay away from others for 14 days while monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
Someone at my child’s school or daycare tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
If your child spent more than 10 minutes in close proximity (within 6 feet) to the person who tested positive, their school or daycare should tell your local health department about his/her exposure. Your child should then stay at home with limited contacts with others for 14 days. Watch your child closely for signs of illness (listed below). Your child will not need to be tested for COVID-19 unless he/she starts to have symptoms. If an employer or daycare requires your child to have a COVID test, we are able to do that test for you.
If your child did not spend more than 10 minutes in close proximity to the person who tested positive, then you should watch and check carefully for signs of illness, but he/she can go back to school as usual (following all preventative measures including wearing a mask at all times).
What signs of illness should I look for in my child after someone at their school or daycare tests positive?
Check your child’s temperature at home every morning using a thermometer. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, he/she should stay home and be tested for COVID-19 if there is not another clear reason for their fever. Other symptoms to ask your child about or monitor for are cough, runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath, or belly troubles like throwing up or diarrhea. If they have any of these symptoms, keep them home from school and consider having them tested for COVID-19. Other common reasons for cough and runny nose: Common cold/other viruses, Croup, Seasonal allergies, and Asthma.
Welcome to Harpeth Pediatrics! Our office offers a full range of pediatric health services including sick child visits, well child exams, sports physicals, consultations, and much more. We are equipped with paperless electronic medical record technology which enables us to access your medical information at the touch of a button in order to serve you more efficiently. Our friendly office staff is experienced in caring for the pediatric population and is focused on meeting the specific needs of each individual paitent. All of our providers are Board Certified and seek to provide you with the highest quality health care available.