How to Identify COVID-19 in Children

Adjusting to the new normal that COVID-19 has brought has been challenging to say the least. Since the virus is still so new, health experts are continuing to learn new information about the virus and how it affects different groups of people. One of the most important groups of people is, of course, children. It first appeared that COVID-19 wasn’t affecting children the same way it was adults, but now we’re learning that’s not quite true. Keep reading to learn more about COVID-19 in children and what you can do to identify it early.

Common Symptoms

Covid-19 symptoms can appear in children 2 to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. Not every child who has the virus will show symptoms though. Those that don’t are called asymptomatic patients. This is one of he reasons why it’s so important to practice social distancing and mask wearing, if they’re 2 years or older, to help slow the spread of the virus. For those that do experience symptoms, they may include:

  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • sudden loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Fever or chills
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Gastrointestinal issues – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Fatigue 

Understanding Your Child’s Individual Risk

Not every child is at the same risk lever for developing a more severe case of the virus. If your child is high-risk, you should take extra precautions to lower their risk of exposure as much as possible. High risk children are those that suffer from asthma, obesity, and chronic or complex medical history. Since the term chronic or complex medical history is vague, you should speak with a healthcare provider to learn more about your child’s risk level. There’s no complete list of every condition that could make your child high risk, but their pediatrician or another physician can evaluate their risk level based on their medical chart. Babies under 1 year of age are considered high risk too, even if they have no medical conditions.

How Urgent Care Can Help

If your child begins displaying COVID-19 related symptoms, keep them home and contact a nearby urgent care center the same day that symptoms begin. AFC Urgent Care West Orange can help determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19 and if so, can administer the test that day. We can also offer prescription medication to manage your child’s symptoms if needed. AFC Urgent Care West Orange can administer COVID-19 testing to patients over the age of 8.

Stop by your AFC Urgent Care West Orange ASAP to get your child their flu shot, evaluate their risk level, and learn more specific details about COVID-19 in your community.