RSV, Cold, COVID-19, Flu? How to ID Common Kid Bugs
November 29, 2021
Even a small cough or sneeze from your child may have you wondering, do they have COVID-19?
Between RSV, colds, COVID-19 and the flu, it can sometimes be hard to determine one illness from another. We connected with pediatrician Charita Csiky, M.D. F.A.A.P to help us differentiate between these common kid bugs.
Distinguishing Between Common Symptoms
The table below may provide general guidance for the differences in presentation of each viral illness. It is not intended for confirmation of the cause of each viral condition.The signs and symptoms of each viral illness may vary from child to child.
Should I get my child tested for COVID-19?
“Between RSV, the flu, COVID-19 and typical colds, by just looking at the symptoms it can be tough to determine what the illness is,” shares Dr. Csiky. “Since symptoms are somewhat ambiguous for COVID-19 in children, it’s important to get your child tested for COVID, even if the symptoms are presenting more mildly.”
Even if symptoms are mild, it is important to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, please get them tested, stay home and away from others until they recover, follow the local guidelines for isolation and of course consult with your pediatrician.
Should I keep my child home from school?
“If your child is exhibiting any symptoms of illness, you should keep them home from school and away from others until a negative COVID test is produced and their symptoms resolve,” Dr. Csiky adds.
Importance of Flu, COVID-19 and RSV Vaccines
“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu is the best way to protect you and your family from infection,” shares Dr. Csiky. "For the younger infants and children, a new RSV antibody injection is now available as well. Please consult with your pediatrician."
Children aged 6 months and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 and the influenza vaccinations. The RSV injection is now offered to newborns, young infants and toddlers meeting certain requirements.
“Stay vigilant; keep washing your hands, wear a mask and keep physical distance when possible. We will get through this cold, influenza, RSV and COVID season,” concludes Dr. Csiky.
Next Steps & Resources:
- Meet our source: Charita Csiky, M.D. , F.A.A.P
- To make an appointment with Dr. Csiky, or a doctor near you, call 800-822-8905 or visit our website.
- Schedule you or your child’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
The material provided through HealthU is intended to be used as general information only and should not replace the advice of your physician. Always consult your physician for individual care.
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