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How Will I Know If My Baby Has Covid 19?

We do know that small babies can catch Covid 19. This might be worrying you.

It is a new virus and we are still finding out about it. It seems that many of those babies who have caught Covid 19 had the virus without having any symptoms and recovered without needing any help at all. So try not to worry too much.

However it is important that you watch out for signs your baby is not so well. Look at the information below for what to look out for and how to reduce the risk.

  • Some newborn babies will show symptoms if they have caught Covid-19. Parents should keep an eye out for these so they can get advice early.

    Talk to your midwife, GP or call 111 as soon as possible if;

    • Your baby has a cough.
    • Your baby feels hot or cold – unlike grown ups small babies have an ‘unstable’ (either too hot or too cold) when they get ill. Feel their tummy or the back of their neck to check their temperature.
    • Your baby is not interested in feeds and /or has jaundice.
    • Or if you have any worries.

    You should call 999 straight away If you are worried about your baby’s 

    • Colour
    • Breathing
    • Movements
  • You will be encouraged to go home from hospital as soon as you and baby are ready after the birth.

    Washing your hands often and well, using warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds, is one of the best ways to protect your baby and the whole family from the virus.

    Get in the habit of washing your hands before you go to your baby and before you touch any feeding equipment.

    Wipe down surfaces, door handles regularly - use usual household cleaning products.

    You can get out with your baby for exercise. Otherwise stay home with your baby. When you are out stay at least 2 metres away from others. Don’t have visits from family and friends who do not live with you.

    If you or someone else in the household gets symptoms (a new cough and/or high temperature). Wash your hands even more frequently.

    If you have symptoms;

    • Try and avoid coughing or sneezing on your baby.
    • Consider wearing a face mask while breast or bottle feeding if available.
    • Clean and sterilise all feeding equipment and dummies with care after each use.

    Look at our page on feeding your baby during the Covid 19 outbreak *here*.

    If there is a symptom free grown up in the house you might decide to let them do more of the ‘hands on care’ for a few days. Talk to your baby; they will get comfort from hearing your voice.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 


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