Parents and children

We know many parents and carers are worried about COVID-19, particularly if your child has a long-term health condition.

While we are still learning about this virus, it seems to affect children much less severely than older people.

Newborn babies and infants do not appear to be at increased risk of complications from the infection.

Most children and adolescents with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms and recover within one to two weeks.

Q&As: Schools starting back

Q&As: Chief Health Officer on Schools starting back

We sat down with Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young to answer some of your health related questions about school starting back.

Posted by Queensland Health


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 to share all the information, advice and updates we have 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 (like these prevention measures) and encourage your child to do the same where possible. For younger children, it is particularly 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

Sit down with your child and go through this easy-to-read, creative booklet to help explain coronavirus to your child and how to prevent the spread.

What if I think my child has symptoms of COVID-19?

It’s important to keep in mind that there are many reasons your child might have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. At this stage in Queensland, for most cases the cause of these symptoms will be the common cold or Influenza.

Read more about what you should do if your child has symptoms or phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for advice over the phone. In an emergency always call 000 and ask for an ambulance.

Should my child be immunised against the flu?

It is recommended that all children over the age of six months be immunised against influenza with the current vaccine.

You can watch our videos with your child for tips or head to Feel Good Facts to read more about the Flu.

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

See our information for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Mental wellbeing

It is normal for parents to feel anxious, overwhelmed and stressed during this time and it is natural for children to pick up on these feelings and emotions.

Children may need extra attention and reassurance, so 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) and have great information, videos and other content for supporting your mental health.

How can I talk to my child about COVID-19?

View the resources below for some great advice on having a conversation with your child to help them understand and cope with what is going on.

Read or watch Birdie and the Virus – a story to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of babies and young children, their 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.

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 the latest advice on school-related information, including frequently asked questions.

Boarding schools

Read about arrangements in place for boarding schools.