HSE Advice for parents
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:
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.
Phone your GP. They will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test.
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.
Treat your child at home for their symptoms.