Coronavirus Advice for Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Resource for Parents

We know how frightening the spread of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) must be for parents. Get answers to your frequently asked questions in this Q & A with CHOC experts.

What to do if your child needs care during COVID-19

If your child is ill, injured, due for a vaccination, experiencing a mental health issue or a flare up of a chronic condition, what should you do? Contact their pediatrician or specialist? Call a nurse helpline? Visit the emergency department? Follow these recommendations to help you decide where to go for your child’s care.

If you have questions about your child’s health, call our 24/7 Nurse line at

1-844-GET-CHOC

Tips from our Experts

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children are spending more time at home than usual. Here’s a roundup of what parents and caregivers can do to keep kids occupied during this time. Online learning The Orange County Department of Education has created a roundup of free resources to help students supplement other materials that are being … Continue reading Activity ideas for kids during COVID-19

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With the holiday season in full swing, and COVID-19 cases rising both in our community and around the country, families are making plans to observe their favorite traditions in a much different way than in years past. CHOC experts provide the following recommendations for how to celebrate the winter holidays safely amid COVID-19. “The holiday … Continue reading Celebrating winter holidays during COVID

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By Dr. Mery Taylor, pediatric psychologist at CHOC By this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, many children have experienced disappointment about missing out on birthday parties, family vacations or special occasions they had been looking forward to. If your child or teen feels disappointed right now over missed holiday celebrations, let her express her feelings, … Continue reading How parents can help kids navigate holiday disappointment during COVID-19

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Amid stay-at-home orders, remote learning and other changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are faced with finding different ways to celebrate the holiday season than they’ve done in years past. The holiday season can still be a joyful time of the year. For families with a child who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), … Continue reading Tips to foster a happy holiday season for children with autism

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For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a fluid environment that has forced us to adapt to countless changes in many areas of our lives – school, work, activities and socialization, to name a few. In this roundup, mental health experts from CHOC offer their go-to mental health tips during COVID for family … Continue reading Mental health tips during COVID-19

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Practicing physical distancing and being away from school, sports and friends can be difficult for families. During this time, it’s important to offer children and teens and abundance of opportunities for play and to spend meaningful time together. Experts from CHOC’s Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department offer these engaging at-home activity ideas to do … Continue reading At-home activity ideas for families during COVID-19

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