Kids, COVID and Colds

Has anyone else tried to cover up their child's cough because you didn’t want anyone else to think that they have COVID? Please tell me it’s not just me. Lottie sometimes coughs when she has just had a drink so I don’t know how many times I have covered her mouth up when she’s having a coughing fit. Equally, I have moved away from someone who has been coughing and sneezing and wondering why on earth they are out shopping with COVID. You can't win either way.

Coughing fits always seem to happen at the most unfortunate time such as on the way into nursery or as we are walking around a shop. It is really tough though because we are all hypersensitive to coughs and sniffles at the moment, and understandable so.

Typically, when schools go back in September, there is always a spike in cold and bugs and this year has been no exception. But how do we know whether it is just the run of a mill cold or whether we need to get tested for COVID. Lottie has had mild cold symptoms for the last two weeks but she hasn’t had a temperature or a cough so it is business as usual for us unless things change.

The NHS website specifically states that symptoms of COVID for children are

· A high temperature – anything over 37.8 degrees

· A new continuous cough. I didn’t know what it meant by a continuous cough but having done some research, this mean either a coughing episode that lasts for around an hour or 3 coughing episodes (not necessarily for an hour) in 24 hours. I think this one is quite ambiguous because it is hard to know whether it is just a cough or a symptom of COVID.

· A loss of smell or taste. This is quite hard to tell in babies and young children. Fortunately we have a huge lavender plant outside our kitchen door and Lottie always likes to smell the flowers so I keep asking her to sniff it…to see if she can still smell it. Other than that, I am not sure how else you could test for this in young children.

Ultimately, common sense tells us that if we are concerned about our kids, we err on the side of caution as it is not worth taking any chances. If you are worried about your kids symptoms, head over to the NHS website

for more information or call 111 to speak to an NHS advisor.

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