Surviving a pandemic has been difficult for everyone around the world, especially those with loved ones that have medical conditions that require proper care. Although children make up a small percentage of those having to be hospitalized for COVID-19, as a parent of a medically-fragile child, there are some precautions you should be aware of to better help you prepare for a difficult scenario that may present itself living through a worldwide pandemic.

1. Create Special Instructions

Many hospitals have restrictions on visitors in order to take precautions for not spreading COVID-19. In the scenario that you are not able to be around if your child is hospitalized, it is important to leave the authorized personnel with special instructions for how to care for your child. Hospitals can make mistakes too, so making an instruction sheet that your child can take with them could be crucial to your child’s state during this time. This sheet should have any information that you deem important. We recommend the sheet have this information below:

  • List of diagnoses
  • List of medications and dosages
  • List of daily medical procedures
  • Child’s daily nutrition
  • Any crucial information, such as allergies or child’s behavioral needs
  • Contact Information
  • Insurance Information

2. Go to a children’s hospital if possible

Children’s hospitals are less likely to have shortages of supplies, such as ICU beds, ventilators, and other crucial life or death supplies that have been at a shortage during the pandemic at other hospitals. Because children have been at less of a risk of getting COVID-19, these items are mostly readily available.

3. Bring all your child’s equipment

In the case that a children’s hospital is not reachable, shortages are increasing, so it’s important that you bring your child’s supplies and medications with you. This will ensure that the staff is fully prepared to care for your child. This may include your child’s medication as well as any specific items like a feeding tube, trachs, masks, etc.

4. Keep your child home if possible

If your child is able to be treated correctly at home, this is a better option. As long as your child can still receive the proper care with the right supplies and medication, staying in the comfort of your home with your caregiving experience can avoid other complications. However, if your child is experiencing an emergency that needs special medical attention, they should be taken to the hospital immediately.

Being prepared for an emergency during a pandemic will bring you peace of mind. This will ensure that the child is given the best care possible and minimize any last-minute worst-case scenarios.

If you’d like to learn more about taking the right precautions for a medically fragile child during COVID-19, CLICK HERE to access Complex Child’s blog.

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