The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is causing distress all around the world. As of now, it ultimately comes to maintain guidelines of social distancing and taking precautionary measures to fight against the spread of the virus.
When it comes to the spread of the virus among children, the parents can feel good as there are significantly less known cases among children. But still, it is important to take precautionary measures to be on the safer side.
In this brief guide, we will discuss how you could protect your baby from the coronavirus.
Recent studies have shown that babies show fewer symptoms of the virus as compared to adults and older age people. The signs that babies could have include pneumonia, sore throat, excessive fatigue or diarrhea.
Whether the children show mild symptoms or a severe one, you should be extra careful and bring them to medical attention as soon as possible.
There are reports from U.S and U.K hospitals that show that children aged between 2 to 15 have shown symptoms of Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-system Syndrome (PIMS), and they were later tested positive for coronavirus. As of now, it is unclear how these two conditions are related.
The symptoms that parents need to look for include:
- Abdominal (belly) pain
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- A red rash
- Red, cracked lips
- Red eyes
- High fever
- Swollen glands on one or both sides of the neck
- Swollen hands or feet
When it comes to the protection of children, they need extra care as their immune system might be on the weaker side as compared to adults. One of the main sources to catch the virus is from an infected person. It is advised to keep the children inside the home, advise them to wash hands and make them wear a mask if they could. Keep children away from sick people and avoid taking them in crowded places.
Adults and older age people understand the ongoing situation and are more likely to observe the measures as suggested by doctors. When it comes to children, they need to be treated differently, so as a parent, it is important to treat them like kids.
When it comes to hand washing, tell them to sing ABC when they start in this way they will wash hands for 20 seconds complete and will enjoy doing so. If your child feels annoyed or refuses to do so, give them small rewards like a candy or a piece of chocolate.
If your kid is worried about the situation to calm them and if they insist on going outside, tell them that it’s dangerous. Instead, encourage them to play games or read some books. Keep them away from the news, so they don’t get worried much. Try to utilize this time for their character development and skill-building.
The common symptoms of coronavirus are fever and flu. While sneezing try to sneeze on your elbow and keep yourself distanced from other family members of the house. Dispose of the tissues properly.
- Try to touch your face as less as possible and also advise the children accordingly.
- Keep things like toys and surfaces clean to remove contaminations.
- If any family member or kid is anxious or stressed, calm them down and try to make them feel relaxed.
In the end, we all know that children do what they see, so try to follow all the precautions that you want your kids to follow. There is a lot to know about the virus in the upcoming times. As of now, it is not so dangerous for kids, and we hope it remains this way. Still, we need to be extra careful as we need to fight this situation together!
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