Covid and Young Children - 9 Reassuring Tips to Manage Symptoms

by Laura Klein

As Omicron Covid-19 cases surge around Australia, it's normal for parents to feel concerned. Despite following social distancing rules and being extra cautious with hand hygiene, little ones are testing positive.

Thankfully, symptoms are generally mild, so please don't panic if your child contracts Covid-19 in the coming weeks. 

Symptoms may come on very quickly including

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite and thirst
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea

Recovery from symptoms may take 2-7 days, however fatigue and cough might take several weeks depending on how severe the illness has been.

Here are some tips for your family if your child contracts the virus.

Quarantine

Keep your child and all other family members home to lower the risk that you’ll pass on the virus to someone else.

Hydrate

Offer water or breastmilk or formula at regular intervals. If age appropriate, add a Hydralite powder to water. It's more important for children to be drinking (at least 50% of their normal intake), rather than eating meals, so don't be too concerned if their appetite is minimal. 

Pain Medicine

Administer Panadol or Nurofen as per age requirements, to relieve fever and body aches. 

Treat A Cough

If over the age of 1, offer a teaspoon of honey to soothe the throat. 

Treat a Runny Nose

Children under 4 can't blow their own nose, so a motorised nasal aspirator (like Snotty Boss) can clear the nostril in 10 seconds, helping your child to breathe, feed and sleep better. 

Humidifier

Placing a cool-mist humidifier/vaporiser in your child’s room is an excellent way to help clear congestion and assist breathing. 

The words humidifier and vaporiser essentially mean the same thing, meaning they are a machine that turns water into vapour. We recommend the cool mist (like Aroma Snooze) rather than the hot steam brands. 

If your child is over 3 months, you can add a few drops of essential oil. Please only use 100% pure essential oil - this is natural plant extract, which can have healing properties. We recommend Winter Rescue Remedy Essential Oil with Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lavender.

Do not use "fragrant oil" or "oil essence" as it's a synthetic mix of chemicals designed to smell like a plant, but contains little to no plant extract.

Lots of Warm Showers

Although a steam vaporiser is not recommended in bedrooms for hours and hours (the condensation can make the room stuffy and the walls wet!), a short burst of steam in the shower is a great tip for congestion relief. 

A steamy shower in the morning will clean and freshen the nose for the day, and make your child feel more comfortable. A steamy shower at night, will relax your child and assist a comfortable night's sleep. 

Breathe Balm

An organic topical balm made with eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Tea Tree releases the natural healing power to support congestion and breathing. Little Boss Breathe Balm on the wrist, chest and soles of feet is recommended morning and night. 

Encourage Rest

As the whole family will be in quarantine, it will be a slow, relaxed week. Lots of naps and rest are essential. The only thing getting a workout might be the TV and I-Pad.

Once They Recover

- Wash Bed Linen and Pillow Cases

- Replace Toothbrushes

- Sterilise Water Bottles

Seeing a Doctor and Emergency Advice

Most children that have COVID can be safely managed at home. Remember a tiny percentage of children require a trip to hospital or admission.

  • Contact your GP  if there is worsening of symptoms or if you are concerned.
  • You can contact Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for more information about COVID.
  • If your child is very unwell, you can call an ambulance or take them to hospital at any time.

References

Rhythm First Aid

What To Expect

Ambulance Victoria

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