Coronavirus is caused by the same family of viruses from the SARS family, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which is why it is referred to as SARS Covid-19.  Symptoms may be different for children when compared with adults, as children have been exposed more to coronaviruses due to the types of activities they engage in, including playing in sandboxes and other outdoor activities that exposes them to a wider range of viruses than adults.  These activities help them to build stronger immune systems that help protect them from future strains of the virus by exposing them to the virus, then having the body’s natural immune system develop an attack against the virus once exposed to it.

  According to Kids Health, here are some of the symptoms to look out for in babies, children and adults:

• Fever

• Cough and Breathing difficulties

• Sore throat or pain

• Congestion or a runny nose

• Chills and muscle pains

• Headache and tiredness 

• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a loss of taste or smell

  The doctor will then plan a course of treatment for your child if he or she has become exposed to the coronavirus, which spreads from person to person and has a faster rate of infection than the average flu.

  The doctor will also want to limit the amount of contact that is made with the infected person so that there is only one individual treating them at any given time, as this will help to limit the spread of the virus.  It is also especially important to engage in daily sanitizing of the home areas with products that are intended to fight against this strain of virus as indicated on the label. Also, if your child presents any of the above mentioned symptoms, it is important for them to get plenty of rest and to take care of themselves by taking any recommended medications that are prescribed to them as well.  For children two and older, it is recommended to wear a face mask or covering using an approved N-95 mask, which helps to block out 95% of bacteria and germs they may spread.  Children younger than two can be suffocated using a face mask, so this is not recommended.

   Although well-intentioned claims may be made with regards to fast ways or “miracle cures” for the coronavirus, especially on social media and other sites, only your doctor and other medical professionals can correctly determine the proper course of treatment for your child or family member to help them heal.  This is especially important as certain “treatments” may in fact do great damage to your child or others and cause them harm, so it is always best to speak to a licensed medical professional that you know and trust when receiving any type of medical advice or treatment options. 

   Helping children and others to understand what the coronavirus is and how to keep safe and avoid getting the virus is important as well, especially for younger children and adolescents who may be more prone to engaging in more physical play and age-appropriate risk-taking activities. When parents and families are able to get a better sense of how to protect their children, they can then provide the type of safety and support their children need, such as providing hand sanitizers with an alcohol content of over 70%, making sure they have tissues or napkins for their children, that they wash their hands often with soap (and find creative ways to count the time that has passed), and making sure they avoid sharing meals, snacks, or other items with other children to help limit the spread of the virus.  Families can be proactive about the health and well-being of their children by providing them with the proper care as recommended by a medical professional in order to maintain their child’s health and well-being and help them to take care and be well during this unforeseeable time in history.  

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