With all the news coverage and closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your children can become anxious and frightened. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to filter information and talk about it in ways that make it easier for them to understand. These tips can help when it comes to your family and discussing coronavirus:
Reassure them. Remind your children that doctors and researchers are
learning as much as they can about COVID-19 and are taking steps to help keep
Give them control. Remind your children that all of the steps described above
can help keep them safe.
Watch for signs of
anxiety. While they may not be able to
verbally express their worry, you may see other signs. They might be cranky,
more clingy, have trouble sleeping, or seem distracted. Keep reassuring your
child and try to stick to your normal routines.
media. Keep your younger children away from
frightening images they may see on TV, social media or on their computers. For
your older children, talk together about what they’re seeing and correct any misinformation or rumors they may
Should I Keep My Kids Home From School, Day Care, Parks, and Playdates?
As the COVID-19 virus continues to
spread, there will undoubtedly be more school and daycare closures announced.
Until your child’s school or daycare closes, you can still send your child, but
make sure to check with the staff about future plans and ask about the precautions
they’re taking to keep environments clean.
Overall, it’s not a bad idea to keep them in indoor play areas, but
letting them play outdoors should be fine.
Check with your local government agencies for the latest school closures and news.
Should I Leave My Kids At Home When Grocery Shopping?
If possible, order food and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup to avoid transmission. The other thing to consider is to only visit the grocery store, or other stores selling household essentials, in person when you absolutely need to. This will limit your potential exposure to others and the virus that causes COVID-19.
Should Parents of Newborns Keep Visitors Away?
If you have a newborn at home, continue to follow all of your normal hygiene routines, breastfeed if possible and make sure the baby gets plenty of fresh air and sunlight. Visitors are fine, especially if they’re healthy adults and family. All visitors need to wash their hands before picking up the baby.
Don’t let the fear of exposure prevent you from getting the care you need.
Connect with a Baptist Health provider from the comfort of your own home with Baptist Health Virtual Care video and eVisits.