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Son with dry cough and breathing problems

My eight-year old son went back to school on Tuesday. He's in bed now and began coughing with what appears to be a dry cough, and he is now saying that he feels like his breathing is strange.

I assume that I should keep him home from school tomorrow, but at what point do you know to take yourself or your child in to be tested for coronavirus? Do they even test children? I guess I thought that children don't usually show symptoms?

Am I overreacting?
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

No, you're not. While most don't get it some children are experiencing a rare inflammatory disease which seems to be related/triggered by the virus.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52648557
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I agree with Medea; get him tested! I hope he recovers soon Pancakes! Thinking of you...
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No, you're not. While most don't get it some children are experiencing a rare inflammatory disease which seems to be related/triggered by the virus.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52648557
Thank you. I'm really freaking out right now.
I gave him some honey-based cough syrup a while ago, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Do you think I should just wait it out through the night and keep my eye on him or take him to the emergency room? I feel like I can barely think straight.
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Old 14.05.2020, 22:11
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

He just said he feels a little bit better than he was. I told him if he starts to feel like he can't breathe well to come wake me up in the middle of the night, and I'll also set an alarm to check on him.

Sorry to freak out on here. Thank you for your replies. <3
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

"Usually don't" does not mean do not. Could be possible could be something else.

Current testing guideline is that anyone with an acute respiratory issue, or sudden loss of smell or taste shall be tested.
https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/de/home...formulare.html

As usual call the doctors office before hand and schedule a visit if necessary.
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Thank you. I'm really freaking out right now.
I gave him some honey-based cough syrup a while ago, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Do you think I should just wait it out through the night and keep my eye on him or take him to the emergency room? I feel like I can barely think straight.
I wish I could advise you but I am not a doctor nor medically trained. Maybe others can weigh in here?
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

1. you are not overreacting
2. the pollen levels are very high right now
3.Absolutely he is not going to school until you are sure he is not contagious.
4. Check his temperature.



In Zurich you have a few options on helplines but personally I would use this one:

Kinderspital Zurich Emergency Department, costs per minute to call them.

https://www.kispi.uzh.ch/de/Seiten/Emergency.aspx
You can call them any time, day or night, and if you need to speak English, just ask them to speak to you in English. You will get a trained nurse who will advise you on what to do.



OR https://www.aerztefon.ch/
This is a helpline that will link you do the doctors 'on call' right now. The doctors share a roster across Zurich.



Or if he does not seem particularly unwell, give him a glass of warm water to settle his cough, check his temperature, and if it's normal, call your paediatrician first thing tomorrow morning.


Clearly, if he has a fever, call the hospital emergency department as mentioned above.



DO NOT TAKE HIM ANYWHERE - please PHONE for help/advice.



In Zurich there is a phone line that gives you the number of paediatricians on call. That includes weekends.



Oh, and our Paediatrician leaves the emergency number on their answering service when they are closed, that gives you a number to call. or just call your local hospital. I am sure they will put you through to someone who can advise you...
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Thank you. I'm really freaking out right now.
I gave him some honey-based cough syrup a while ago, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Do you think I should just wait it out through the night and keep my eye on him or take him to the emergency room? I feel like I can barely think straight.
Contact the corona helpline, your insurance helpline or phone the emergency room at your local hospital.

Don’t just turn up there without calling ahead first if you suspect it’s covid19.
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

PS: You might also ask your kid if there is something else which is bothering him. This time is not easy for all of us.
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

I searched "what to do if I suspect a child has the coronavirus - this is what I found:

Call your GP or the Ärztefon medical hotline 0800 33 66 55. Do not go directly to a doctor’s office or the hospital emergency
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My eight-year old son went back to school on Tuesday. He's in bed now and began coughing with what appears to be a dry cough, and he is now saying that he feels like his breathing is strange.

I assume that I should keep him home from school tomorrow, but at what point do you know to take yourself or your child in to be tested for coronavirus? Do they even test children? I guess I thought that children don't usually show symptoms?

Am I overreacting?
Tuesday is way too short for school to be the source.

But do what the others say , call the CV helpline. It's probably not but you can't be certain.
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

With this colder weather I've heard more people having a cough again, and breathing feeling strange is normal with an irritated throat. Could it be Corona, yeah sure, just like it could be a cold or a flu

As long as he does not start breathing harder, no pain in the lungs, temp not dangerously high I would just observe it over the night. If you feel better by it, you could have him in your bed and see how it is tomorrow. If he gets worse give the hospital a call, explain the situation and they'll tell you what to watch out for and what to do.

But above all, you are the parent you know when he acts so weird/different that he needs help we on the forum really just stand on the side-line.
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

Thank you so much for all the helpful information and advice.

Yes, that's true -- we shouldn't just show up at the hospital. He is finally asleep now. I wish I had checked his temperature before he fell asleep, though with putting a hand on his forehead, he feels okay.

I'll keep him home from school tomorrow and call his doctor in the morning, assuming all goes okay through the night. And I'll check on him every hour or so.
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

Please remember that when you call any of these services, they typically connect you to a whole chain of people, so don't lose patience. First there's usually just a telephonist, who might ask you a bunch of security questions, to verify that you are you. Then you'll have to say what's wrong, and will be transferred to a nurse, who may ask you to repeat the whole story. You might then be transferred to a doctor, and might have to start from the beginning again.
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Old 14.05.2020, 22:36
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

Thanks. He's had coughing 'fits' a few times before, while in bed, so I'm really hoping that's all that was. But just to be safe, I'll definitely be keeping him home from school tomorrow and monitoring him. My husband thinks I'm overreacting and rolled his eyes when I said he shouldn't go to school tomorrow, and then I pointed out to him that I'd be really angry if another parent sent their kid to school after their kid was coughing and complaining about their breathing.

I just did a search and found this in terms of how long until symptoms appear, after catching the virus:

"the incubation period for the novel coronavirus is somewhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure.
According to a recent reportTrusted Source, more than 97 percent of people who contract SARS-CoV-2 show symptoms within 11.5 days of exposure. The average incubation period seems to be around 5 days. However, this estimate may change as we learn more about the virus.
For many people, COVID-19 symptoms start as mild symptoms and gradually get worse over a few days."

https://www.healthline.com/health/co...ubation-period

So I'm not blaming anything on the school, but I confess that I was a bit worried about kids going back. It's been my experience that primary schools and kindergartens are little "virus factories."

I honestly hope that I am just overreacting, but I guess there is a very fine line right now between being 'paranoid' and being informed and worried or cautious. I'm going to try to get a bit of sleep. Thank you again for all the advice, etc.
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I hope you're feeling better by now. In case you think you might slip into panic, then write down, for yourself, very clearly, the main points. For example, if your son's insurance number is in a tiny font, just you copy it out nice and boldly.

Make a list of the main symptoms, with times. Make a column for his temperature taken at different times. This will help you to stay calm, to give clear information, and to make good decisions, as you will be able see if anything is developing.

And now... I hope you, too, can get some sleep.
Thank you so much. <3
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Re: Son with dry cough and breathing problems

I never did it myself but did you consider calling these medical hotlines that health insurances offer? They may at least be able to tell you what the current practices are, e.g. would anyone test your child if you take him to the hospital.
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I never did it myself but did you consider calling these medical hotlines that health insurances offer? They may at least be able to tell you what the current practices are, e.g. would anyone test your child if you take him to the hospital.
Yes, I've called one for myself before (years ago). They were very helpful. I'll call his doctor's office in the morning to see what they say. Fingers crossed that he'll be showing no symptoms of anything in the morning, but maybe I should call them regardless, just to be on the safe side.

He's sleeping like a baby right now, and thankfully, his breathing sounds okay. I had given him something called "Olba's cough syrup" which is a honey-based, herbal syrup I buy from the States that says it also provides "bronchial support." It's excellent for dry coughs.
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My eight-year old son went back to school on Tuesday. He's in bed now and began coughing with what appears to be a dry cough, and he is now saying that he feels like his breathing is strange.

I assume that I should keep him home from school tomorrow, but at what point do you know to take yourself or your child in to be tested for coronavirus? Do they even test children? I guess I thought that children don't usually show symptoms?

Am I overreacting?

Not sure if you're overreacting but I think I would have a similar reaction if my daughter would have these symptoms.


Definitely keep him home until he's better.
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