Covid 19 HSE Update for Parents

The school received the latest advice and update on Covid 19 and we've been asked to share this information with all parents and guardians. This advice is for babies and children up to the end of primary school. Children and babies can get coronavirus (COVID-19). But they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

What to do if your child is unwell:

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following is true.

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
  • any other common symptoms of coronavirus - a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, or shortness of breath
  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have coronavirus
  • an existing breathing condition that has recently got worse 

    You will need to:

    1. Isolate your child from other people - this means keeping them at home and completely avoiding contact with other people, as much as possible. 
    2. Phone your GP - they will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test.
    3. Everyone that your child lives with should also restrict their movements, at least until your child gets a diagnosis from their GP or a coronavirus test result. This means not going to school, childcare or work.
    4. Treat your child at home for their symptoms.

    Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see your GP.

    If your child has symptoms such as 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. You and the rest of your family can continue your normal routine. You do not need to restrict your movements as long as you are not ill.

    Keep an eye on your child's 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 do not need to restrict your child's movements if the only symptoms they have are:

      • a runny nose
      • sneezing

      They can continue to go to school or childcare if these are the only symptoms they have.


       If your child has diarrhoea, they should stay at home and not go to school until they have not had diarrhoea for 48 hours.

      You and the rest of your family can continue your normal routine. You do not need to restrict your movements as long as you are not ill.

      Check out the HSE website for more detailed information and advice for parents.



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