Children and COVID-19

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, it’s important that you continue to care for them.

You don't need to isolate away from them.

Most children who test positive for COVID-19 can be safely cared for at home by their usual household carers, even if they are not vaccinated.

How to care for a child at home

  • Give your child plenty of fluids to drink. They may not feel like drinking much so will need your encouragement.
  • Encourage them to rest.
  • Use paracetamol or ibuprofen, only if you think your child is in pain or appears uncomfortable with a fever.
    • Follow the instructions on the label.
    • Don't give more of these medicines than what is recommended in a 24-hour period, as this may be harmful for children.
  • Dress your child in appropriate clothing so they are comfortable - not sweating or shivering.
  • Watch your child for signs that their illness is getting worse.

When to seek medical help

If you have any concerns call your doctor or contact Health Direct on 1800 022 222 for health advice 24 hours a day.

For more information on kid's health and coronavirus, visit the following websites:

If you are concerned that your child is seriously unwell, has difficulty breathing, is severely dehydrated or fainting, call triple zero (000) immediately and inform the operator that your child has COVID-19.

Children who are close contacts

If your child develops symptoms, get them tested. Read more about requirements for close contacts.

Last updated: 10 August 2022

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Last updated: 10 August 2022