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Seeking Medical Care and Treating Symptoms of COVID-19 in Children

Updated March 31, 2020

COVID-19 vs. cold vs. flu vs. allergies: Know the different symptoms

If your child has a sore throat and runny nose, or a fever and shortness of breath, it may be hard to know if they just have a cold or if they have COVID-19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has put together a helpful chart that breakdowns the various symptoms of COVID-19, the common cold, the flu and allergies.

Seeking medical care: What to do if you think your child has COVID-19

If your child has a mild illness, we recommend staying at home. Consider using treatments that you would use for the common cold, including fever reducers (ibuprofen and acetaminophen), humidified air, and cough suppressants for age-appropriate children.

Children with mild illness do not need to see a medical provider. If you have questions about whether your child needs to see a medical provider, please call your primary care physician or call our COVID-19 Hotline at (816) 302-8800.

Treating symptoms of COVID-19

Jennifer Schuster, MD
, shares her expert advice on how to treat your child if they have a fever or cough and what to do if you suspect your child may have COVID-19 (coronavirus).

When to bring your child to the emergency room

Arjin Sarin, MD 
Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Children's Mercy shares his expert advice on when children should come to the ER for care during this pandemic.