According to the WHO, children do not appear to be at higher risk for coronavirus than adults.
Though adult make up for most known cases of coronavirus, It is important children are healthy and protected during this period especially while adapting to the lifestyle modification such as home schooling, social distancing etc. caused by the pandemic .
Here are some tips to keep children healthy physically and psychologically during the coronavirus pandemic
Teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions.
Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands regularly, not touching their faces etc. . Explain that these preventive measures can keep them healthy and stop the virus from spreading to others Most importantly, parents and caretakers should be good role models and lead by example as children tend to learn from what they see being practiced.
Help children stay active and socially connected.
Encourage creative activities that will help children remain active physically and mentally. This can be achieved by giving children assignments that will help stimulate their reasoning, taking them on a walk or bike riding. You can also help them stay connected to their friends and other family members by initiating phone or video chats.
Feed children with a balanced diet.
Having a good immune system is important to stay healthy therefore feed children with balance diet meals and monitor their sugar intake. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of the nutrients needed to boost the immune system so encourage children to eat lots of fruits and vegetable.
Be attentive and watch out for signs of stress or behavioral changes.
This period can be overwhelming and not all children respond to stress in the same way. Therefore it is important parents are attentive to the health and behavior of their children. Some common changes to watch for include; excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habit, difficulty with attention and concentration, frequent outburst or tantrums.
In additions to the points listed above, keep the home safe for the children by monitoring the numbers of visitors allowed into your home and ensure that they comply to safety precautions. Also frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table tops etc.
Stay health and let’s keep going