Fortunately, current information suggests that children are unlikely to become severely ill with the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, children with certain underlying conditions may be at higher risk, specifically those children with problems that impact the heart or lungs or ability to fight infection. Examples of conditions include:
- Chronic lung disease
- Heart disease
- Neurologic conditions (including muscle disorders)
- Immunodeficiency conditions
- Organ transplant
- Cancer treatment
- Treatment with medications that lower the immune system
If your child has any of the above conditions, below are general recommendations:
We do NOT recommend stopping any long-term medications because maintaining good control of underlying conditions is one of the best strategies to avoid more severe coronavirus. Avoiding flares of underlying disease will help prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital, where ill patients are likely to be seeking care. It is a good idea to make sure you have refilled your child's prescriptions and have at least a two-week supply of medications on hand.
Routine clinic visits
To maximize social distancing and keep our families safe, many of our non-urgent appointments at Children’s Colorado are being postponed or converted to telehealth visits. Learn more about how we've temporarily closed select locations to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community.
Most schools are currently closed in compliance with the directive from local public health departments, which are assessing community risk of the coronavirus.
We currently recommend against travel. Staying at home is the best way to protect your child and family from getting sick.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes as much as possible.
- If you provide care for your child that involve contact with the head and neck, wash hands thoroughly before providing care.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces.
The outbreak could last for a long time. Public health measures, such as shelter-in-place, are intended to reduce likelihood of person-person contact.
Staying at home is the safest option to avoid exposure, so ensure you have sufficient stock of prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medical supplies, household items and groceries.
If your child has symptoms of a cold but it is not an emergency, call your primary care provider or your care team at Children's Colorado to get advice. Remember that influenza and other respiratory viruses that are not the coronavirus are still making children ill in the community and are the most common causes of fever and respiratory symptoms.
Most patients with the coronavirus are not sick enough to require hospitalization or an emergency department visit and can be managed at home. We would prefer to keep your child away from the hospital unless there is a medical emergency.
Families with children with a central line should continue to follow normal guidelines for management of fever.