Children with COVID-19 Guide

Stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an illness with symptoms that are similar to the common cold or flu, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Most people fully recover without testing or medical intervention. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children with symptoms of COVID-19 stay home – away from public spaces – to stop the spread of the illness. If you think medical care is needed, please call us first, before traveling to the emergency room or clinic.

How can I help my child recover at home?

Caring for your child at home is the same, whether they were tested or not.

  • Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Separate yourself from others in your home as much as possible.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes. Dispose of used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, cups, towels and bedding with others in your home.
  • Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces thoroughly every day.
  • Wear a face mask if you must be in the same room with others.

What if my child’s symptoms get worse?

If your child has increased shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, please call us. If your child needs emergency care, call 911 and let them know they are being tested for COVID-19.

When can my child stop home isolation?

Children with symptoms of COVID-19 and children with a positive test result for COVID-19 can leave home once the following three conditions have been met:

  • 10 days or more have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • 24 hours or more have passed with no fever and no fever-reducing medications
  • Cough and other symptoms of COVID-19 have improved

If your child tests positive and has been completely asymptomatic, he or she may leave the home once it has been 10 days from the positive test result. If your child develops any symptoms concerning for COVID-19, please follow the guidelines listed above prior to having them leave the home.

Please refer to our comprehensive home isolation guidelines for further details.


Please call our office at 512-336-2777 or send us your question through our patient portal.