What to do if your child is unwell during the pandemic

RCPCH Insight
Jun 10, 2020 · 2 min read

Back in March, it came to our attention that some parents and carers are not seeking medical help when their child is unwell during the coronavirus pandemic. There are many understandable reasons why this could be happening. Parents and carers may be:

  • Not wishing to ‘bother’ NHS staff
  • Following advice to stay at home
  • Worried about getting infected
  • Worried by misinformation, e.g. fearing that a child will be taken away.

What to do

  • Visiting 111.nhs.uk, or calling 111 if you are unable to access the website
  • Contacting your GP, who will still be able to provide a remote consultation
  • In urgent cases, visiting your nearest A&E department or calling 999.

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Things to remember

  • Staff will make efforts to ensure you and your child are not infected
  • The risk of infection is smaller than the risk of not seeking help
  • You will not be separated from your child unless it is absolutely necessary.

Please seek medical help if your child is unwell, exactly as you did before the outbreak.

Originally published at https://www.rcpch.ac.uk on June 10, 2020.

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RCPCH Insight

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health represents over 19,000 paediatricians and child health workers. Our vision is a healthier future for children and young people across the world.

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Insight from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

RCPCH Insight

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health represents over 19,000 paediatricians and child health workers. Our vision is a healthier future for children and young people across the world.