What Parents Need to Know about COVID-19

by Vanessa Shen on March 20, 2020

What Parents Need to Know about COVID-19 - Precious April

The novel coronavirus is spreading throughout the world at a rapid pace, making parents increasingly worried and on edge. Although the threat of the virus is real and far from over, panic and fear shouldn’t prevail.

As a parent, you will undoubtedly be worried about the well-being of your child. In this article, we will share with you more about this virus and ways to ensure your child’s safety at all times.

How does it spread?

According to NSW, the virus is transmitted through direct contact with droplets of an infected person, usually through coughing and sneezing. It also spreads through touching surfaces contaminated with the droplets from the virus. Seeing the latest developments, COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for several hours. Simple disinfectants, however, will be able to kill it.

Avoiding the risk of infection

Whether or not your community has a confirmed case of COVID-19, it’s best to keep your children safe at home to minimise the risk of infections. The move to close schools, however, is to limit social contact. Furthermore, if you’re planning to leave your house, keep in mind that the mere use of a mask is not enough to stop contracting the virus because proper hygiene also plays a critical role in avoiding infection.

In this crucial period, it is vital that you educate your children on the proper steps of self-protection. Consider the guidelines below:

  • Teach your kids to wash hands their thoroughly with soap and water for about 20 seconds (nearly as long as it takes to sing the alphabet song)
  • Teach them to practice a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising
  • Teach them to be wary of the surfaces that they touch when in public. You can either give them something to hold or you can hold their hands
  • Teach them to not touch their faces, eyes, or noses. They can carry around tissue with them and throw away after use

Symptoms to watch out for

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath, and dry cough. In severe cases, however, infections are found to cause pneumonia and breathing difficulties. To vulnerable sectors, such as the elderly and immuno-compromised, the disease can be fatal.

For children, the symptoms may vary from child to child. Because COVID-19 shares symptoms that similar to the flu and common cold, it is important for your child to practice frequent handwashing and respiratory hygiene (covering coughs or sneezing into a tissue).

Does COVID-19 affect children?

Due to its novel nature, not much is known yet, and there are no new studies about how it can possibly affect children. Healthcare experts only know that it is possible for everyone to contract the virus. So far, the virus seems to affect children much less severely than older people. This is why most of the fatality records are mainly among the elderly, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

What to do if your child has symptoms of COVID-19

Once again, keep in mind that this new virus affects people of every age. If you suspect that your child is displaying symptoms, seek medical attention immediately to make sure. Because COVID-19’s symptoms are similar to having the flu, it is best to regularly practice good hygiene by handwashing. Keeping them up to date with vaccinations is also key, as this ensures that your child is protected against other viruses and bacteria that may potentially cause complications to their health.

Enforcing healthy habits and limiting social contact is crucial for flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19. You can make this fun by presenting it as a game to your child. Teach them how to use hand sanitizer and help them stay hydrated throughout the day.

If your child is sick with other respiratory infections, ensure that they are well-rested at home. According to the CDC, parents should also avoid sending their children to public places, as this will prevent the virus from spreading to others. Be creative in keeping your child healthy and comfortable at home. If they get lonely because of social isolation, set up a video call with some of their friends. In the case that your child is displaying the more severe COVID-19 symptoms, such shortness of breath; severe coughing; dehydration; or a fever that won’t come down, seek medical care immediately.

COVID-19 is an issue that must not be taken lightly, especially when it comes to the health of your child. We at Precious April understand that certain precautions must be made and that as a parent, ensuring your child’s safety is tantamount. If you need to shop for your child from the safety of your home, we’ll deliver your items right to your doorstep! Check out our website now to find out more.

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