If you are worried your child is at risk

Here is the latest guidance for parents who are worried that their child might be at risk of COVID-19.

Last updated: 18th June 2020

My child has complex medical needs. Are they more at risk of getting COVID-19 or becoming unwell?

We know that children with some conditions such as chronic lung disease (CLD) have a higher risk of developing other types of infection that can infect the lungs, sinuses, throat or airways (respiratory infection). Therefore, they have a higher risk of getting unwell with COVID-19.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) recommends that children who have medical conditions which mean they have a higher risk should take stricter measures to protect themselves. This includes reducing interaction with other people (social distancing) wherever possible. The government information about social distancing, which covers both adults and children, explains in more detail who might be at higher risk, and the measures they should take.

Some adults and children have conditions which mean they are considered extremely vulnerable. People in these groups are strongly advised to follow shielding guidance. This guidance is explained on the government website.

If you or your baby has a condition that means they are extremely vulnerable, you are likely to have received a letter or a text message from the NHS to confirm that you are on the shielded patients list (SPL).

You can also visit our pages on shielding for more information. This includes what to do if you have not been contacted by the NHS but think you or your baby or child may be extremely vulnerable.

If you have recently left the unit, and need someone to talk to, Bliss Champion volunteers are available for one-to-one video chats. You can book an appointment using our online form, or visit this page for more information. You can also email hello@bliss.org.uk for emotional support and find more information about supporting your mental health on our website here.

Other useful organisations

Asthma UK has information about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Wellchild has specific information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for parents and carers of sick children.

The British Lung Foundation has specific information about coronavirus for people with lung conditions.

The British Heart Foundation have information for people affected by heart or circulatory disease.

Mind has lots of information if you are feeling anxious or worried about COVID-19, and has guidance on how to take care of your mental wellbeing.

YoungMinds has more information about how to talk to your children about COVID-19.

We are updating this page as more information becomes available. For more support, get in touch at hello@bliss.org.uk