HSE advise to Parents
Protecting your child
The most important things you can do to protect your child are:
- follow the advice on protecting yourself and others from coronavirus
- look out for symptoms of coronavirus – if your child has symptoms, isolate your child from other people and phone your GP
- encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and properly
- clean and disinfect surfaces in your home. For example, door handles, TV remotes and the toilet flush.
- follow advice to prevent your child from catching or spreading viral infections
Diarrhoea and other symptoms
If your child has symptoms such as diarrhoea, headaches or a sore throat keep them at home for at least 48 hours. These are not common symptoms of coronavirus, but they could be a sign of another infection.
Keep an eye on their symptoms for 48 hours. After 48 hours it’s usually okay to send your child back to school or childcare as long as:
- their symptoms do not get worse
- they do not develop new symptoms
- they do not need paracetamol or ibuprofen during these 48-hours
You and the rest of your family can continue your daily lives as usual. You do not need to restrict your movements as long as you are not ill.