Stay up to date with the latest tips, resources, and information on COVID-19 for kids. If your child might be sick, check out our COVID-19 Symptom Checker for actionable advice based on your child's symptoms.
Updated at 2:07pm PST, June 17, 2021
Note: Like with any other illness, children with a chronic health condition such as asthma, heart disease, or any other scenario where their immune system might be suppressed (chemotherapy, organ transplant, or immune-deficiency) will be at a higher risk of contracting and getting seriously ill from this virus.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Shortness of Breath
The most common symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Sometimes, patients will also experience other symptoms like whole body aches, lost of taste or smell, nausea, sore throat, or diarrhea.
Because many cold and influenza viruses have overlapping symptoms with COVID-19 it is often hard to differentiate on symptoms alone.
What should I do if I think my kids or I have COVID-19?
It might be a good idea to get tested if:
- your child is showing one or more symptoms
- you or someone in your house is showing symptoms
- your child has been exposed to someone that has tested positive for the virus
If you're not sure, call your child's physician (or us if you are near Portland—we have staff available 24/7) for more specific advice. We also have a COVID-19 Symptom Checker available if you'd like some help assessing symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
The truth about the COVID-19 vaccine
Several vaccines are currently approved for use and available. Vaccines for children have either been rolled out or are being studied. Simply put, these vaccines are safe and effective and here’s why
- The science wasn’t rushed. Multiple top scientists from across the globe all coordinating on the same problem.
- Many millions of doses given with no unknown or surprise negative effects.
- The technology isn’t new. Similar technology has been used for decades.
- Contact your local health department or visit their website to figure out the best and fastest way to get your vaccine.
Tips for preventing illness
Get your vaccine.
Wash hands with mild soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Minimize exposure to anyone experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms.
Teach your kiddos to cough and sneeze into the crook of their arm, and to avoid putting their hands in their mouths (especially in public).
Clean and disinfect your home more frequently.
Consider getting other vaccines if you haven't already.
Mask if you aren't vaccinated.
How Brave Care keeps you safe:
- Staff continues to mask despite vaccinated status
- Removal of toys/books from the waiting area
- Contactless check-in
- Use of UV air filtration technology at our Sellwood clinic
- Even more frequent cleaning of equipment and tools