While the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do if your child is ill or injured, and to know when to call your GP or NHS 111, or attend the Accident and Emergency Department. Whilst Covid-19 is infectious to children, it is important to bear in mind other causes of illness.
The guidance opposite has been produced to help, click on the image to view the full document.
If your child does have symptoms of coronavirus, there is more information available on the NHS Website.
Healthier Together and the RCPCH have created a parents guide on what you need to know, what to look out for and how to talk to children about Coronavirus.
Pregnancy and Young Babies
Macclesfield General Hospital: Due to the pressures of the Coronavirus outbreak, there has been an update to the maternity services offered at Macclesfield General Hospital. To find out more about this, read their update here.
RCOG Guide: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have developed a comprehensive FAQ with guidance and advice for pregnant women and their families. The guide is available by clicking here.
Newborns and Young Babies
Coronavirus: Although the risks are very low, you may be concerned that your baby could get coronavirus. This leaflet tells you what to look out for. Do not delay seeking help if you have concerns.
Non-Covid Related Health Concerns: To help with other other health concerns and common worries, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have a handy guide to “Newborns and babies under 3 months.”
Lullaby Trust Guide: A useful guide has been developed by the Lullaby Trust on “Coronavirus and caring for your baby”, which is kept up-to-date with the latest advice for pregnant mums and young babies.
Infant Crying: During this challenging time stress levels at home may be increased. ICON have produced guidance for coping with infant crying.
Children and Young Adults
Returning to School
As you will be aware, the government has announced plans for children in England in certain year groups to begin returning to school. You may be anxious about whether this is safe for your child and for members of your household.
Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide individual risk assessments for children to confirm their suitability or otherwise for returning to school.
Cheshire Local Medical Committee has produced guidance to answer the questions you may have so that you can make the appropriate decision about whether or not your child returns to school this term, please click here to view.
For younger children, the NHS have produced a fact sheet and online video (opposite) to help explain Coronavirus to younger children.
Click here to view Dr Ranj (Get Well Soon, CBeebies) explain about Coronavirus and hand washing.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have developed a guide for parents bringing together useful links and resources from across the UK.