Most babies who test positive for COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms. Severe illness in babies appears to be rare. Babies with underlying medical conditions and babies born premature (before 37 weeks) might be at increased risk of severe illness. Reported signs among newborns with COVID-19 include fever, lethargy (being overly tired or inactive), runny nose, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, poor feeding and increased work of breathing or shallow breathing.x Monitor for fever and call your baby’s provider if he/she has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, even if there are no other symptoms.
If your baby develops symptoms or you think your baby may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your baby’s healthcare provider within 24 hours and follow steps for caring for children with COVID-19.x Symptoms to be aware and ready to report to your provider include:
• How well is your baby feeding?
• How alert is your baby?
• How many wet diapers is your baby having?
• How hard is your baby working at breathing?
• Have you noticed any discoloration of your baby’s lips?
If your baby has COVID-19 emergency warning signs (such as trouble breathing), seek emergency care immediately. Call 911.x