COVID-19 Specialist

Forest Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in The Woodlands, TX & Montgomery, TX

If your child is at risk of getting COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms of the illness, you can turn to Murray Fershtman, MD, and the team at Forest Pediatrics in The Woodlands, Texas. They offer COVID-19 testing and treatment as needed for babies, children, and teenagers. Schedule an appointment with Forest Pediatrics by phone or book online today.

COVID-19 Q & A

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, is a virus that causes symptoms similar to colds and flu. COVID-19 can also contribute to breathing problems and even death in some people. The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 range in severity from mild to severe. Common signs and symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus, include:

  • Fever 
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Sore throat 
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Poor appetite

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a rash. Compared with adults, children usually have milder symptoms of COVID-19 – or no symptoms at all.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 can spread by sharing the same air as someone who is infected with the virus. You might contract COVID-19 if an infected person coughs or sneezes next to you, or if you touch a surface containing the virus and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

What is COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 testing lets you know if you’re currently infected with the virus, or you’ve been infected in the past and have COVID-19 antibodies. Dr. Fershtman might recommend your child undergo a nasal or throat swab to find out if they have COVID-19 or a blood test to establish if they’ve had and recovered from the virus.

What are common COVID-19 treatments?

Many children can safely recover from COVID-19 with proper at-home care. They should drink plenty of fluids, get a lot of rest, and control a fever (if they have one). Taking over-the-counter pain relievers or cough medicine can reduce symptoms. Avoid contact with other people as much as possible.

Prescription medications that reduce COVID-19 symptoms are available for adults and some children. If a child requires hospitalization, they might receive convalescent plasma from donated blood, supplemental oxygen, or mechanical ventilation in severe cases.

How can I reduce the risk of COVID-19?

Follow a few simple recommendations to reduce your and your child’s risk of contracting COVID-19. Examples include:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with other people
  • Steer clear of large crowds
  • Cover your face with a mask
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, and towels

If your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms of an illness, schedule an appointment with Forest Pediatrics by phone or book online today.