Keeping Children Healthy and Happy During Coronavirus Pandemic

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With schools being closed because of COVID-19, this has resulted in families trying to educate their children from home, as well as dealing with their children being stressed from all of the sudden changes in their lives.

How to Keep Children Healthy and Happy During COVID-19 Outbreak

How can you keep your child healthy, happy, and educated during this time? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Prevent Children From Getting Sick

You should encourage and teach your children how to stop the spread of viruses. Not only can this help them during the coronavirus pandemic, but it can help prevent other common illnesses as well.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces at home every day. This includes common household areas such as doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, toilets, tables, and counters.
  • Avoid spending time around sick people. Teach your child to recognize signs of sickness and how they should keep a distance.
  • Wash your hands often. This is a great habit to teach your children. They should use either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Launder clothing and plush toys. To help destroy germs, launder items like clothes, and plush toys. You can wash a sick person’s clothing with other people’s items.

Limit the Time That Your Child Spends With Other Children.

This is a really hard one, but it is necessary to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Children can be asymptomatic, so exposure to other children can have dire consequences. This means you should avoid in-person playdates with children from other households.

You should teach your child that if they’re playing outdoors, they should stay at least six feet away from other children. Instead of in-person playdates, encourage video chats and supervised phone calls with your child’s friends.

Related: Health Officials Warn About COVID-19 Related Illness in Children

Limit the Time That Your Child Spends with Older People and Those with Serious Underlying Medical Conditions

Those at the highest risk from COVID-19 include older adults and those with serious underlying medical conditions. You’ll need to take extra precautions to keep your child separated from those people since your child could be an asymptomatic carrier of the disease.

This means you’ll have to consider postponing visits to grandparents and other older people in your child’s lives for their own protection.

Children Ages 2 and Up Should Wear a Cloth Face Covering

When in a community setting, children ages 2 and older should wear a cloth face covering. While it doesn’t fully protect you from contacting COVID-19, it can help to avoid spreading the disease to others.

You should properly supervise your child when they wear face masks, especially if they’re involved in physical activity. Keep in mind that N95 masks should be reserved for medical professionals.

Related: Child Face Mask Safety, the Do’s and Don’ts

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