Coronavirus – Covid-19 and Children

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


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.”

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

Unsure when your child should stay off school?

It is an uncertain time for everyone, and knowing what to do when your child is poorly and if they should be attending school can be unclear. A handy guide has been developed to answer these “what should I do if…” questions. Please click on the link below to access the guide.

Covid-19 School Absence Guide

Supporting Mental Health

Public Health England have produced a guide on supporting young people’s mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Their guide covers children from infants to teenagers and can be found by clicking here.

A list of helplines for young people can be found here.

Younger Children

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.

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

Older Children and Teenagers

MIND have produced a guide with tips and ideas on supporting teenagers and older children.