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Are there any risks for children who get ill with COVID-19?

If children have some other long-term health problem/s, they can get more sick with COVID-19.  These are children with medical conditions who need to see doctors or attend clinics regularly. Some examples are: children who have diabetes, heart disease, asthma, TB, cancer, kidney disease, cerebral palsy and HIV.  If your child has one of these […]

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How does COVID-19 affect babies and children?

They often have no symptoms or have much milder symptoms than adults The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. The symptoms are like a cold or flu: the child may have fever, runny nose  and be coughing. Sometimes they have vomiting and diarrhoea. Share this message on social media:

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What to know about the spread of COVID-19 in children and babies

Can babies and children get COVID-19? Yes, children can get COVID-19, BUT they are less likely to get it than adults.  This is good news! Can my baby or child pass COVID-19 on to me? It is possible, but it is much less likely than infection spreading from an adult to  a child. This is […]

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What do I do if my child is sick and I’m not sure if it’s COVID-19?

You may be worried about your child if they seem more sick than just a usual cold or flu. Maybe they are not eating, are breathing fast, have no energy, do not want to play, are very hot, have ongoing diarrhoea. Maybe they have a rash, marks on the hands and feet or a red […]

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What Can I Expect if my Child has to be Admitted to Hospital?

If your child is unwell and needs to stay in the hospital, the doctor will take a swab from your child’s nose and/or mouth to test for the virus that causes COVID-19. This is uncomfortable but not usually painful. The results are usually available after 2-3 days. The nurses and doctors caring for your child […]

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How do I safely use and store sanitisers and disinfectants at home?

There is more use of bleach solutions and hand sanitisers at this time – make sure they are out of reach of all children. Do not put these solutions in containers where they may be mistaken for soft drinks or water Wash all children’s eating utensils and toys that they may put into their mouths […]

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How should I look after my child if I have COVID-19?

People who have COVID-19 should isolate from others so the virus does not spread to others. Your health worker will tell you how many days you should isolate for. Discuss with them if it is possible to isolate at home or in a health facility. Isolation means staying away from other people and not going […]

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How do I tell my child that I, or someone close to them has COVID-19?

How do I tell my child that she/he has COVID-19? These are two very scary scenarios that parents may be faced with as we move into the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic. Whilst it is much less likely for a child to become infected with COVID-19, than an adult, it can be helpful to be […]

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Screen Time Safety for Children

During COVID-19 your child is probably spending more time watching TV or playing games on the phone or other devices. While screen time for children under 2 years old is not recommended by experts, it’s not easy to keep young children busy all day, especially when parents are having tojuggle work with childcare, or are […]

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Returning to ECD or Partial Care Facilities

The Department of Social Development (DSD) has released Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that every ECD or partial care facility needs to follow. Here are some of the key things to know: Sending your child back to school is voluntary and a decision that should be made based on your individual circumstances. No child that has […]