It’s important to keep an open line of communication with your child’s healthcare team. Remember to call ahead of time whenever possible. During this uncertain time, many medical visits for routine care may be postponed or completed over the phone. Continue to self-monitor for coronavirus-like symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, or cough. (1)
Refer to the FAQs for a comprehensive guide on how to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
If you notice any of these symptoms as well as persistent vomiting/fever and continually elevated ketone levels, call your physician or the emergency telephone number immediately. Explain your child’s symptoms and follow the medical advice given. Self-isolation and rest may be sufficient for mild cases, but the assessment should be made by a medical professional. (2)
Refer to the section titled, “What to when the parent/caregiver is sick with COVID-19” for additional tips.
It’s necessary to plan ahead, in the case that your child becomes ill. (3)
- Obtain contact information for your physician, local pharmacy, insurance, and the emergency telephone number in advance
- Make sure all prescription have a maximum number of refills
- Ensure you have sufficient supplies of devices (including insulin pumps, pens, and glucometer)
- In the case of low blood sugar, keep glucose tablets or sugary drinks on hand as well as glucagon for very low blood sugar
- Keep extra supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, and rubbing alcohol
- Have healthy carbohydrates at home such as crackers, soups, and fruit yogurt
- Stay well hydrated with water, fruit juices, and sports drinks
Refer to the “Sick Day Management” section for information on how to manage when a caregiver or child becomes infected.