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