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Covid-19 – When to keep your child at home and phone your GP

When to keep your child at home and phone your GP

If your child also has a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or over) or has any other common symptoms of COVID-19 –

 isolate your child, phone your GP and restrict your movements.

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

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
  • any other common symptoms of COVID-19 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 COVID-19
  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have COVID-19
  • an existing breathing condition that has recently got worse

If your child has symptoms such as headaches or a sore throat, keep them at home for at least 48 hours.

Keep an eye on your child’s symptoms for 48 hours. After 48 hours it’s usually okay to send your child back to school or childcare as long as:

  • their symptoms do not get worse
  • they do not develop new symptoms
  • they do not need paracetamol or ibuprofen during these 48-hours

If your child has diarrhoea, they should stay at home and not go to school until they have not had diarrhoea for 48 hours.

Please also see   Isolation quick guide

A “Parental Declaration Form” must also be completed.

Diane Murphy

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