Coronavirus Advice - Paediatric Patient Advice (CHD)
If you, your child or a member of your household think you may have coronarvirus
Symptoms that indicate possible coronavirus are a new continuous cough and / or a high temperature. If you, your child or another member of your household have either of these symptoms it is important to follow the national guidance on self-isolation, available HERE
If symptoms are serious, and cannot be managed at home, visit NHS 111 online (but only call NHS111 if you cannot get online).
If your child is admitted to hospital inform the paediatric cardiology specialist nurses (0113 392 5467, EMAIL who will discuss your case with the paediatric cardiologist on call.
If your child develops symptoms consistent with having the virus they should continue any medicines that they take regularly for their heart, because if they are stopped there is a risk of deterioration of their heart condition.
The government’s advice on the use of ibuprofen to treat symptoms of coronavirus infection is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ibuprofen-use-and-covid19coronavirus
Is your child at increased risk from coronavirus?
The government has stated that patients with ‘chronic heart disease’ are likely to be at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus. Whilst technically all children with heart problems have ‘chronic heart disease’, most are at no greater risk than the general population and the general government recommendations should be followed HERE specifically the sections ‘What is Social Distancing’ and ‘Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene.’
We do not yet know if children with more severe forms of congenital heart disease are at greater risk of becoming unwell from the virus, although there is no suggestion yet from other countries that they are. Nevertheless, it seems possible that such children might be more at risk of becoming unwell, including patients:
With a single ventricle, Fontan circulation or Glenn shunt
Who have cyanosis (low blood oxygen levels)
Who have heart failure / cardiomyopathy requiring medication
Who take regular medicines to improve heart function
With pulmonary hypertension or Eisenmenger syndrome
With tetralogy of Fallot, an atrioventricular septal defect or a large ventricular septal defect that has not yet been operated on
With Di George syndrome if the immune system is affected
For these children it may be sensible to make particular effort to avoid getting the virus by following the guidance on social distancing referred to above.