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Useful resources to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenging time for parents and carers who want to make sure they are looking after their children's physical and mental health. Our partner organisations have developed useful information that you can be confident is reliable and accurate.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath (RCPCH) have developed and collated resources offering advice on staying safe, hospital appointments, help for families of children with a wide range of health conditions, stay at home activities and how to help children understand the current situation.
RCPCH resources: www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers
WellChild offers information for parents of children with complex needs, including treatment plans, how to manage carers in the home, advice on attending hospital appointments, and signposts to other resources. The link below also includes a useful poster to put on your front door to advise visitors to your home of precautions they may need to take (pictured below).
WellChild resources: www.wellchild.org.uk/coronavirus
Other well established patient support organisations and charities may provide useful information for children with particular health conditions or illnesses. Please ensure that any information resources you access are from a valid and reputable source.These include organisations such as those listed below, but please note that this advice may be prepared for adults and not specificlly for children and young people:
Diabetes UK: www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus
Up-to-date information on how to keep your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is available from the UK government: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Medical treatment for COVID-19
Note that there is currently no medical treatment for COVID-19. The RCPCH provides advice on treating symptoms, such as headache or fever: www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/anti-inflammatory-medicines-covid-19-advice-parents-carers
Help from the NHS
NHS 111, family doctors and hospitals continue to provide their usual safe care and should be contacted if your child is unwell or injured. The RCPCH has developed a guide to help parents decide what action to take if their child is unwell: COVID19_advice_for_parents_when_child_unwell_poster.pdf
Do not delay in seeking help for your child because you are worried about being a burden or being exposed to COVID-19. You may risk your child becoming seriously ill.
Further guidance and support on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Guidance for families from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-general-public
Advice for parents of children with complex health needs from WellChild: www.wellchild.org.uk/2020/03/18/ten-ways-to-keep-my-child-with-complex-health-needs-safe
Activities for children at home and resources to help explain COVID-19 to children and young people: www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/stay-home-activities-children-young-people
Podcast "A Kid's Guide To Coronavirus with Dr Ranj": www.heart.co.uk/podcasts/kids-guide-coronavirus-dr-ranj