Table of contents:
- Does the new coronavirus affect children?
- Children and coronavirus: how to protect the little ones?
- What to do if your child has a fever and cough?
Video: Children And Coronavirus: Advice For Parents
Children and coronavirus: a less discussed subject because according to the latest information COVID-19 is less common in children. There are even cases where toddlers who test positive for the new coronavirus do not develop symptoms. However, parents don't stop worrying, and with good reason. Given the rapid spread of the virus and the measures taken to limit it, the little ones are confined with their families and rely on virtual classes to continue with their education. But what exactly do parents need to know during the coronavirus pandemic and how to handle the lockdown?
Does the new coronavirus affect children?
It is also important to specify once again that this is a new virus belonging to the coronavirus family. And although scientific research continues with all its might, COVID-19 is still relatively unknown. For now, we know that people of all ages can be affected but we do not know the specific cases in toddlers. But as a rule, the effects of the virus in children and young people are rather mild compared to those in the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
It is crucial to remain calm and knowledgeable about the current situation as well as to adhere to recommendations and preventive measures. Don't panic if your child or another member of your family or community has a cough and fever. However, if you have any doubts or questions, the French government has presented a toll-free number available permanently (24/7) where you could find answers to your questions about COVID-19: 0 800 130 000. If necessary and in case of symptoms, first contact your doctor by phone.
Children and coronavirus: how to protect the little ones?
In the absence of a vaccine and in the face of a very contagious virus, optimally protecting yourself from COVID-19 is the number 1 priority for humans. And when it comes to children and coronavirus, you have to be even more careful. But what exactly do parents need to know? So here are some important points in the following paragraphs.
Make sure everyone in the family wash their hands first. To do this, apply on them, previously wet, enough soap. Then wash thoroughly for 20-30 seconds, rubbing all hands including the spaces between the fingers and under the fingernails. Finally, rinse with running water and dry with a clean towel. Hand washing is mandatory before each meal and after visiting public places. For your information, there are specialized songs to increase toddler's attention and coordination while washing their hands.
Boost your kids' immune system by encouraging them to adopt healthy habits such as a balanced diet, proper exercise, and optimal sleep. So remember to favor fruits and vegetables by avoiding processed foods. As for sporting activity, encourage the little ones to play hopscotch or opt for dancing! Ultimately, who doesn't love to dance?
Given the many tips from healthcare professionals, it is essential to stop touching your face in order to avoid a possible infection with COVID-19. Ditto for children. So teach them not to touch their face again. And yes, it's easier said than done. Experts advise parents to go for compliments and words of encouragement instead of criticizing the little ones. For example, praise your toddler when he avoids touching his face and even think of some sort of reward in the form of treats, toys etc.
What to do if your child has a fever and cough?
Yes, children and coronavirus is a less discussed subject and that is why it is essential to remain vigilant and to know the symptoms of COVID-19 well. So, what to do in case of fever and cough in the little ones? As a bonus, don't panic and call your GP. This will require information about your community and lifestyle in order to determine if the child would need medical assistance. Otherwise, you can help your toddler feel better by making sure they drink enough water and get a good rest. Following the doctor's instructions is of course compulsory.
Children and coronavirus: watch out for the following signs:
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Acute cough.
- Persistent high fever.
- Unusual drowsiness.
- Refusal to consume fluids and signs of dehydration (dry mouth, no tears when crying).
However, do not let yourself fall into panic and psychosis as there is a great deal of fake news and disinformation circulating on the Internet. At the risk of repeating ourselves, do not hesitate to call the toll free number (see the third paragraph) or your doctor in case of doubts, questions or symptoms reminiscent of COVID-19.