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COVID-19 Resources for Families

COVID-19 Resources for Families
It's been nearly three months since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Louisiana. Now, 'social distancing' and 'quarantine' are phrases we use every day, but as we get used to this new normal way of life together, we know you still have questions. Let the experts at Children's Hospital answer your coronavirus questions.

Should I get my child tested for COVID-19? Can my child get tested and if so, where?
The only reason to get tested at this point for COVID-19 is if your child is coming into the hospital with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. These symptoms are wide ranging and could include fever, respiratory symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms, and/or sore throat. At this time, most children with these symptoms do not have COVID-19, so we are not testing every child with these symptoms. At Children’s Hospital, we are only testing children who need to be admitted to the hospital with these types of symptoms. Otherwise, we are comfortable sending children home with their families with instructions on how to properly self-isolate until symptom free.
 
Can my child get me sick with COVID-19?
Yes! While children have been less affected by COVID-19 than adults, if your child does contract the virus, they can pass it on to others.

 
What is PMIS? Should I be worried about it?
Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) is a disease, specific to children, that appears to be associated with COVID-19 infection. PMIS can cause inflammation and compromise the function of many different organs in the body including the heart, the kidneys, the liver, and the gastrointestinal tract. The syndrome becomes apparent weeks after a COVID-19 infection. Parents should watch for fever, a red and blotchy rash, diarrhea and vomiting as signs of PMIS. If these symptoms develop, parents should bring their child to the nearest emergency department immediately.

 
What’s the best thing I can do to keep my children safe?
Continue to practice effective social and physical distancing and promote hand hygiene. Keep yourself and your family away from anyone who has any sickness. Wear a mask in public!

 
Our children haven’t seen their grandparents in weeks. Is it safe for them to see them now?
This should likely be safe, but it needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. For grandparents with severe chronic diseases, it is better to continue social and physical distancing from them. This is true for the grandkids and the adult “children” of the grandparents.

 
What should I know about antibody testing and should my family get tested?
We are still in the early stages of understanding what antibody testing means. Regardless of having antibodies or not, the rules of strict social and physical distancing and hand hygiene remain. There is no urgency to get you or your child tested for antibodies.

 
Should I be concerned about children showing Kawasaki and Toxic Shock Syndrome-like symptoms in New York? What does this mean for New Orleans?
The overall risk for COVID-19 in children remains low and a very small number of children who get COVID-19 will present with Kawasaki and Toxic Shock Syndrome-like symptoms. If a child presents with clinical signs and symptoms consistent with this, CHNOLA providers are well prepared to treat the symptoms with current therapies.

 
Is it safe for my child to return to summer camp or daycare?
If camps open, they will open with new rules and regulations so it will likely be safe under those circumstances for kids to return to summer camp or daycare.

 
Who can I call if I have more questions?
Call your child’s primary care provider with any questions or concerns. The primary care providers can reach out and partner with our experts here at CHNOLA if they have any specific concerns related to COVID-19.

 
Is it safe to keep my scheduled appointment for immunizations?
Yes! Children's Hospital and all of its clinics are taking extra steps to ensure a safe environment for patients, families, and staff. Immunizations are important in preventing the spread of infectious diseases like measles, so be sure to keep your vaccination appointments!