How do I keep my kids safe as Schools reopen?
5 tips for protecting your kids from COVID-19
The COVID-19 infection has been reported in all age groups; however, the number of cases occurring in young children is lower than adults. According to recent reports from the CDC, it was found that although the number of cases is lower the severity of the infection was higher. Specifically, children were found to have a strong inflammatory response to the infection. As schools are getting ready to reopen with the appropriate precautions, the fears of parents are only getting larger. The question on everyone's mind is "How do I keep my children safe?".
Make handwashing fun
Washing hands properly with soap and water is a very simple, yet effective way to help eradicate germs and bacteria that could cause infections. We often take it for granted and it may be considered as a chore for young children. Encourage them to hum their favorite song for 20 seconds as they wash their hands. Treating bacteria as the bad guys and making your younger kids feel like the superheroes can also prove to be effective. Most importantly, be patient and guide them through this unprecedented time so they understand the importance of making it a habit.
Set an Example
Children learn and grow by observing their surroundings, most importantly their parents. Setting the right example can have a huge influence on the habits and attitudes that children develop. Parents should follow the safety guidelines and practice proper hygiene to help lead children by example. It may sound trivial, but it can go a long way.
Exercise at Home
Physical exercise is vital for all ages and it can be done easily at home. Simple routines for children can be introduced that gives the body its exercise and it can also be valuable family bonding time. 30 minutes a day is a great start to build a habit at home. Outdoor runs can also be incorporated by social distancing.
Encourage outdoor play where possible
Multiple countries across the world have imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection. This will directly affect schools reopening and amount of interaction between students. Outdoor play is very important for young children for both physical and mental health, it allows them to have fun and grow. It is difficult for schools and parents to restrict children, but given the current circumstance, we need to closely monitor their children and make sure that the amount of outdoor play is limited for safety.
Be Patient & Listen to them
The ongoing pandemic is hard for even adults to cope with, one can only imagine the different ways it affects children. Being patient and listening to their concerns, fears, and thoughts is very important to make sure children are not psychologically affected. As a parent, you should empathize with them while reinforcing that everything will be okay if health and safety precautions are taken. Explaining the complex situation in easier terms can help them understand better.