HSE Advice for parents

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Symptoms to look out for and when to contact your GP

Schools are back and the winter season is ahead of us. Every year, schoolchildren get colds, flu and other infections. This time, coronavirus (COVID-19) is with us.

Here is a guide on what symptoms to look out for and what to do if your child is unwell.

When to keep your child at home and phone your GP

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following is true.

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more

  • any other common symptoms of coronavirus such as a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste

    or smell, or shortness of breath

  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have coronavirus

    You will need to:

    1. Isolate your child. This means keeping them at home and completely avoiding contact with other

      people, as much as possible. Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see your GP.

    2. Phone your GP. They will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test.

    3. Everyone that your child lives with should also restrict their movements, at least until your child

      gets a diagnosis from their GP or a coronavirus test result. This means not going to school,

      childcare or work.

    4. Treat your child at home for their symptoms.


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