There is growing concern that parents of children who develop medical problems during the current Covid-19 epidemic may not be accessing medical advice early enough and as a result are becoming seriously unwell with non-COVID related illness, which is amenable to treatment.
This may be particularly relevant for children ( and adults ) with Down syndrome who already have or may be vulnerable to a range of medical problems that are associated with Down syndrome .
Parents and Carers should be reminded that if they are worried about their child they should seek prompt medical advice via their GP , or 111 or in an emergency their local hospital Emergency Department .
For further information please see the COVID-19 Statement on delayed presentations from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health( RCPCH ).
A poster has been produced by the RCPCH advising parents on when they should seek medical help during the Covid 19 epidemic – Advice for parents when child unwell or injured poster