GP says children should never self-isolate alone in their room 4 months ago

GP says children should never self-isolate alone in their room

"You cannot and should not isolate very young children in their rooms by themselves."

Government advice is that if your child tests positive for the Covid-19 virus, they should remain at home and not go to school, meet friends and participate in any activity outside the home until a negative test result has been achieved.

However, when it comes to taking care of a child who has tested positive,  Dr Kenny Livingstone from Zoomdoc recently told Netmums that while it is one thing to try to keep other family members from catching the virus, isolating a child in their room is not the answer.

children should never self-isolate alone

"Isolating young children in their rooms is definitely not advised," Dr Livingstone says.

"Some children will likely become quite frightened or worried about getting COVID-19. The knock-on effects of missing school and having reduced contact with family or friends is not ideal for their mental health."

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He adds:

"You cannot and should not isolate very young children in their rooms by themselves. Reassuring children is key whilst they have the virus and if you have any concerns, don’t be afraid to ask your GP."

The doctor explains that whilst he doesn't advise isolating young children in their rooms while they are Covid-positive, there are other ways to minimise the chances of other family members catching the virus.

"Opening a few more windows (if safe to do so) to enable a free flow of air, using face masks around the house and regular hand washing will help reduce the viral load exposure to other family members."

See HSE.IE for current advice on Covid-19 precautions.