Parents and children — coronavirus (COVID-19)
We know many parents and carers have concerns about COVID-19.
While we are still learning, it seems children are affected far less than older people.
Newborn babies and infants do not appear to be at increased risk of complications. Most children and adolescents have mild or no symptoms and recover within one to two weeks.
What do I need to know about COVID-19 for my child?
Our child health specialists have created COVID-19 and your child’s health. Read for information and advice about COVID-19 and what it means for your child’s healthcare.
How can I protect my family from COVID-19?
Follow hand-washing and good hygiene. Encourage your child to do the same (where possible) with these prevention measures. For younger children, it is important you:
- wash their hands often with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer if this is not possible)
- keep your child’s nose clean, wipe their face and wash their hands if they sneeze
- keep them home as much as possible (especially if sick) and stay at least 1.5m away from others
- maintain physical distance between elderly family members and vulnerable people.
What if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?
Remember, there are many reasons your child might have symptoms like COVID-19. At this stage in Queensland, for most cases the cause of these symptoms will be the common cold or Influenza.
Should I immunise my child against the flu?
Recommendations are for all children over the age of six months to immunise against influenza with the current vaccine.
What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
See our information for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
It is normal for parents to feel anxious, overwhelmed and stressed during this time. Children may pick up on these emotions and need extra attention and reassurance. It’s important we make ourselves available as much as possible so they know we’re here for them.
Kids Helpline are available 24/7 (for young adults and parents too). They have great information, videos and other content for supporting your mental health.
How can I talk to my child about COVID-19?
The resources below have great advice on how to help your child understand and cope with what is going on.
- How to talk with your children about COVID-19
- Advice for parents and carers to support children and young people (PDF)
- Eight tips to help comfort and protect children
- Talking to children about coronavirus
Read or watch Birdie and the Virus. This is a story to support the mental health and wellbeing of babies, young children, parents and families during COVID-19.
How can I manage parenting through this time?
Healthy parenting has great resources and ideas to support you and engage your child. Read these tip sheets for advice on planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. They are available in 90 languages.
The Triple P ‘Positive Parenting Program’ is a free course which now features tips and resources on positive parenting during COVID-19.
Visit Emerging Minds for videos, fact sheets and links for advice on how to help your child cope.
Learning at home
Explore the learning at home page to find online tools and resources for home learning, health and wellbeing tips for children, parenting advice and many other helpful links.
Read about arrangements in place for boarding schools.