COVID-19 in kids can be dangerous and should be taken seriously. There are now several different variants of COVID-19, and each variant can cause slightly different symptoms or be more severe than others.
If your child is experiencing life-threatening symptoms of COVID-19, please call 911.
What Children Are Most At Risk?
COVID may cause difficulty breathing in some children and may lead to serious illness if contracted. Your child may be at more risk if they:
- Have asthma.
- Are obese.
- Have congenital heart defects.
- Have a compromised immune system.
- Have diabetes.
- Have a genetic condition.
If your child has any of these conditions, you should be vigilant about protecting them from contracting COVID-19.
What Are The Symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 in kids are milder than in adults. If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, it is important that you get them tested and begin treatment options immediately. The most common mild symptoms of COVID consist of:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
If your child is experiencing difficulty breathing and you believe this is a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
How Is COVID Diagnosed?
COVID-19 is diagnosed by a medical provider administering one of two types of tests: rapid or PCR. Both involve swabbing the inside of the nose, but the rapid tests give results in about fifteen minutes.
At KidsStreet Urgent Care, we offer rapid COVID testing through our urgent care services.
What Are The Treatment Options?
COVID-19 has several effective treatment options listed by the CDC. Talk with your medical provider to determine whether these treatment options would be appropriate for your child.
How Is COVID Spread?
Respiratory droplets spread COVID-19 between people. It is important to wear a mask if you believe your child is sick with COVID to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets.
How To Reduce The Spread Of COVID
COVID-19 is incredibly contagious and can cause many problems for people with compromised immune systems. To reduce the spread and keep yourself and others around you well, follow these practices:
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
- Stay away from family members and friends with compromised immune systems.
- Wash their hands frequently.
- Make sure your child is wearing a mask if they have symptoms.
Turn To KidsStreet Urgent Care
KidsStreet Urgent Care’s online registration allows you and your child to join the queue from anywhere, reducing your time waiting in the clinic and lowering the odds of spreading COVID-19 to others.
By utilizing our online registration, you will be able to wait from your home or car until we are ready for you. Once we message you that we are ready for you, you will have 30 minutes to arrive at the clinic and check in at the front desk.
We accept walk-ins, but please be aware that online registration reduces in-clinic wait times.