According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the people most at risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 are older adults and people with existing underlying health concerns. So far, children haven’t been known to contract the virus or get severely ill due to it.
However, that doesn’t mean parents and guardians shouldn’t care for the young ones just as much. Since research is still underway to understand how American children are affected by COVID-19, it makes sense to continue taking the safety measures to ensure their safety.
Today, let’s review some of the ways you can keep your child safe during the pandemic:
Have a conversation with them
The current COVID-19 situation in the world is unprecedented, unpredictable, and confusing for everyone. With new developments and changes occurring every day, it’s understandable that everyone is feeling uneasy and on edge. Children will probably worry more if you keep them in the dark, so talking to them about the situation will help them cope.
Reassure them about what’s happening and how they can stay safe. When kids understand why they have to wear a mask or wash their hands often, they’ll be more willing to participate instead of resisting these measures. Explain to them what to do and what not to do—whether you’re at home or heading out.
Make them wear a (properly fitted) face mask
A face mask is your most important defense against coronavirus whenever you’re in public. If you’ll be taking your child in public—whether to the grocery store or restaurant—safeguarding them from the droplets emanating from sneezes and coughing is essential.
However, most face masks are available in only one size and many of them aren’t adjustable. Making your child wear a mask that’s too big for them means it could keep slipping or be a source of discomfort for them. If your child keeps adjusting their mask by touching it, the effectiveness of this PPE is compromised. Instead, get special face masks that are specifically made for children and fit snugly over their nose and chin.
Provide eye protection
People touch their face about 23 times every hour!
Even when you consciously think about avoiding it, you may still end up touching or itching your face. For children, this is even more difficult. When you’re out of the house, even the slightest bit of dust or wind may irritate your eyes and instinctively result in you touching your eyes.
That’s why eye protection is important when you’re taking your child outside. Safety goggles or protective face shields ensure your kid doesn’t accidentally touch their eyes and risk contracting the coronavirus.
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