Pensacola Pediatrics knows there is a lot of information about COVID-19. We want to make sure that you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for your children.
COVID-19 continues to be mild in the majority of children. Most of our patients will not need to be seen in our office.
Since we are currently in the middle of cold and flu season if your child has a cough, sore throat, runny nose or fever your child likely has one of the multiple other viruses currently in the community.
Special tests are not needed.
The Department of Health and the CDC are not currently offering widespread testing for COVID-19. Limited testing may be available for ill patients with direct, close COVID-19 exposure in the future.
We do not have the test in our office.
If a child was to be infected, scientific data currently indicates, that most children will only have a mild illness.
For many, the symptoms of COVID-19, like other coronaviruses, are similar to those of the common cold. If your child has mild symptoms, please keep them at home, away from others, until symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours. This means they are fever-free, feeling well, and have significantly improved respiratory symptoms for at least 24 hours (without taking medicines).
LIKE ANY RESPIRATORY VIRUS, IF YOUR CHILD IS GETTING WORSE, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR ADVICE AND/OR AN APPOINTMENT.
When to call your doctor
Retractions (pulling in between the ribs)
Earache or sinus pain
Fever lasts more than 3 days
Nasal discharge lasts more than 14 days
Cough lasts more than 3 weeks
Your child becomes worse