If you think you or your child is unwell

It is very important that you seek medical attention if your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness.

Last updated: 18th June 2020

Should I still get help if my child is unwell with non-COVID-19 symptoms?

Recent evidence has shown that more parents are not accessing medical support for their child early enough since the COVID-19 outbreak. If your child is unwell, they are likely to be unwell for reasons not related to COVID-19, and it is still very important that they are seen by a medical professional.

If you think your child is unwell, don’t wait and contact your GP or call 111. In a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999. Hospitals have measures in place to help protect people from COVID-19. We have more information about how to know if your baby is becoming unwell. NHS England have also published a useful online leaflet that informs parents how to identify signs of illness in their baby. You can find it here.

What should I do if my child or any member of my family has symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include a:

  • high temperature
  • new continuous cough
  • change or loss to your sense of taste or smell.

NHS England have published a useful online leaflet explaining more about how to identify symptoms of COVID-19 in your baby, and how to reduce your baby’s risk. You can access it here.

If you, your child or anyone that you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate (remain in your house) for a period of 7 or 14 days. During this time, you should not visit your GP, a pharmacy or hospital. The NHS website has more information about what you should do if you or someone you live with has symptoms.

If you have symptoms, it is now possible to request a test which will indicate whether you have COVID-19. In England and Wales, you can ask for a test for a child who lives with you, whatever their age. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, you can only get a test for your child if they are aged 5 or over.

Some people, including NHS staff and care home workers are also able to request an antibody test, which will indicate whether they have had the virus previously. More information about this is available here.

Information about COVID-19, including the symptoms and guidance on what to do, including information about self-isolation and testing, is different in different parts of the UK. You should also look at information for the part of the UK where you are:

More information

In England

Information about COVID-19, including the symptoms, can be found on the NHS website.

NHS 111 has an online assessment service, where you can answer some questions to see if you need to call the NHS 111 phone service. The online assessment is suitable for all ages. You can find it here.

In Scotland

Information about symptoms of COVID-19 and what action to take can be found on NHS Inform. It includes more information on when to call your GP and when to call NHS 24.

In Wales

Information about COVID-19 can be found at NHS Direct Wales 111. This includes an online assessment which can be used for anyone living in Wales who is 6 months or older.

In Northern Ireland

Information about COVID-19, what to do if you or your child has symptoms, and other information can be found here.

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