Coronavirus - Advice for parents

When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call your child's GP, NHS 111 or go to the accident and emergency department (A&E).

 

During the current situation while the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do.

Here is some guidance.

You should go to A&E and/or call 999 immediately if

Appearance

  • Pale/mottled/ashen/blue colour
  • Collapsed/unresponsive/loss of consciousness
  • No obvious pulse or heartbeat
  • Severe allergic reaction

Breathing

  • Sucking in and out between ribs
  • Flaring nostrils
  • Extremely fast breathing
  • Noisy breathing

Other

  • Bleeding from an injury that doesn't stop after 10 minutes of pressure

 

You should go to A&E if

Appearance

  • Dizziness/feeling feint
  • Rash that doesn't fade when you press it

Behaviour

  • Severe constant tummy pain

Other

  • Burn
  • Possible broken bone
  • Swallowed foreign objects (especially magnets/batteries)
  • Temperature higher than 38C in a baby younger than three months old
  • Your child has special healthcare needs and you have a plan that tells you to go to A&E
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Expressing suicidal/significant selfharm thoughts

 

You should call you GP if

Appearance

  • Mild/Moderate allergic reaction (known or suspected)
  • New rash that fades when you press on it

Behaviour

  • Mild irritability/sleepier than normal
  • Sever tummy pain that comes and goes
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Not passed urine for more than 12 hours

Breathing

  • Wheezing/fast breathing

Other

  • Temperature above 39C (age 3-12 months)
  • Temperature over 38C for more than 7 days
  • Accidental overdose of medication or other substances
  • Ear pain for more than 2 days
  • Emotional distress, that can't be reassured

 

You should check with 111 or your community pharmacist if

Appearance

  • Pink eyes/red eyes

Behaviour

  • Ear pain is less than 2 days
  • Mild tummy pain that comes and goes
  • Breathing
  • Cough
  • Runny nose

Other

  • Temperature of 38C for less than 7 days
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