Monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms every day

Pay particular attention to:

  • Fever (temperature 100.4 °F or higher)
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for a child with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, see if there is a change from their usual cough)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Keep track of who your child comes into close contact with

If your child or you were around someone who has COVID-19, someone from the health department may

contact you for contact tracing. Speak with them and follow their advice.

Take precautions to protect your child if you are sick with COVID-19

If you are sick with COVID-19, you can take precautions to help prevent spreading the virus to your child and others.

Keep your child home and call their healthcare provider if your child gets sick

If your child has symptoms and may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or has been in an area where the virus is spreading,

  • Keep your child home
  • Call your child’s healthcare provider to discuss whether your child needs to be evaluated or tested for COVID-19. If you suspect that your child or someone they know has COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, visit Coronavirus self-checker. This online tool will help you decide when to seek testing or medical care for your child.
  • Protect yourself from COVID-19 while caring for your child
  • Notify your child’s school that your child is sick. Also inform the school if your child has had a COVID-19 test and what the result is, if available.
  • Review your child’s school (or other childcare facility) policies related to when a child who has been sick can return
  • Bring your child back to school or other in-person activities only after they can safely be around others

If your child is sick but a healthcare provider tells you that your child doesn’t have COVID-19, your child may still need to stay home for some time. Before bringing your child back to school or other in-person activities, discuss your child’s illness with their healthcare provider and review your child’s school (or other childcare facility) policies related to when a child who has been sick can return.

In a medical emergency, call 911 or bring your child to the emergency department.

Do not delay seeking emergency care for your child because you are worried about the spread of COVID-19. Emergency departments have infection prevention plans to protect you and your child from getting sick with COVID-19 if your child needs emergency care.

If your child is showing any of these emergency warning signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn’t go away
  • New confusion
  • Can’t wake up or stay awake when not tired
  • Bluish lips or face

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

Call your child’s healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.