If your child tests positive to Covid
- Fortunately, the vast major of children who get Covid will have a short lasting cold or flu-like illness. Treatment is based on symptoms and mainly includes fever-reducers, pain relief, hydration and rest.
- There are no approved or recommended outpatient prescription medications for Covid for kids and no need to try any popularized off label medications.
- Respiratory difficulty (labored breathing, shortness of breath) is the main sign/symptom of worsening illness that you should monitor. You should seek immediate medical attention for your child if this develops.
- Children should quarantine for 10 days from the start of their symptoms, they should also be fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication) and have improving respiratory symptoms before returning to school/social activities.
- If a child tests positive without having any Covid symptoms, then they should quarantine for 10 days from the date of the positive test.
- There is no need to retest after being diagnosed with Covid. Some people can have positive tests even after they are no longer contagious (the tests can detect non-infective viral particles).
- We can only provide return to school notes for patients assessed in our office by one of our providers. If your child is diagnosed outside of our office (home test, urgent care, etc.) we cannot give clearance if we have not done our own assessment.